#ThursdayTreeLove | Recollections

Recollections, Watercolor by Wanda A

It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees. –Wilson Flagg

I realize the image above isn’t a “real” tree, but this tree is special to me. Wanda, my sophomore year college roommate and brilliant art major, painted and gave the tree to me as a gift at some point before we parted ways–she to an art school in New York, me to an internship in Maryland.

The inspiration for this watercolor was a young tree that grew outside of our first floor dorm room. We often sat in our room with the window open and gazed at this tree. When alone, we contemplated and meditated. When together, we people-watched and discussed the trials and triumphs of life and love with our favorite tree always in view.

I looked for the tree almost seven years ago when I first returned to the campus as a professor; unfortunately, it is no longer there. I don’t even have a photograph, so I’m grateful my roomie and friend immortalized the tree through her artwork.

Wanda informed me that her daughter [corrected] is headed to our alma mater this fall [gasp]! Hopefully, she’ll find a special tree and much that is cheerful and delightful.


I am joining Parul Thakur for #ThursdayTreeLove every second and fourth Thursday of the month. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her latest #treelove post.

26 thoughts on “#ThursdayTreeLove | Recollections

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Yes. And I realized while revisiting this image just how long and deep my love for trees is. Definitely a blessing to be in touch with old friends. That’s what I consider the only “real” redeeming quality of Facebook. LOL!

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    • Chandra Lynn says:

      I figure it must have been sick or “cut down” by lightning. It’s been replaced by several trees lining the walkway. The campus is a tree haven. Really. Must of my tree love photos are from campus.

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  1. mimionlife says:

    I love trees. Here in the Low Country of SC, we have a lot of old oak trees. Also a lot of palm trees. The old oak trees have Spanish moss hanging from them. I’ve been told not to touch the moss as it will cause a rash. Right now, looking out of my office window, I am watching the crepe myrtle tree limbs dance in the summer breeze. 🙂

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  2. Esha says:

    Sad that this beautiful tree is gone but glad that you still have the painting! I’m pretty sure every generation will find something unique to treasure from their time at college! Life does come a full circle, it seems!!

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  3. Wanda VP-A says:

    Chandra I can’t believe you still have the painting! I had forgotten about it until I saw your link. How ironic that although the tree is no longer there our memories at a campus named Oakwood will last for aa lifetime.

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  4. Parul Thakur says:

    I love this post. I think the story is beautiful and that makes the tree live in your hearts even when it’s no more.
    What a beautiful bond. Can you believe I haven’t been to my college since I finished my courses? I would love to go back and live some memories once again. Thanks for joining with this story!

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