I am a total book freak, so one of the things I look forward to the most about summer is sitting out on my deck with a good book, the sun shining on my face, and the sound of the wind whispering through the trees. We have the best of both worlds you see. We live inside the boundaries of a small rural town, but right on the edge, so our house backs onto open field. It has been a wonderful place to raise children because we are away from the rat race of the city but still in a town so that the kids could ride their bikes to their friends’ houses and play at the park, and we weren’t constantly having to drive them around because they were too far away from everything. Then we have the added bonus of full out country in our backyard.
When I read on my deck, I find myself occasionally putting down my book to watch the wind move through the trees. I have always found it very calming and peaceful, but even more so after watching the movie, Phenomenon. It never received incredible reviews, but it is one of my favourite movies of all time, and I was ecstatic when I recently found it on DVD, as it is not easy to find. I don’t want to give away the plot, but whenever the main character (played by John Travolta) is upset, he watches the trees and sways in time with their dance, and it calms him. When trying to explain the feeling to his girlfriend, he asks her to show him how she used to rock her babies. When she starts doing the rocking motion that all mothers could do in their sleep, she understands what he is talking about – it is just the same as the motion of the trees being rocked by the wind.
So, for the final day of my wind series, I give you a photo that I love, looking up into a beautiful tree at its peak in the summertime. I know it’s a “still” so you can’t see the tree swaying in the wind, but I’ll bet if you concentrate really hard and think of a warm summer’s day, you will almost hear the whisper of the wind and see the branches sway.