I have never felt so much love for nature, or to be specific towards trees, than last day. You I would say, this as one of the unforgettable moments of my life - a very heart rending experience, a touching moment. I think, it would have been touching for all who witnessed it. If a tree can change a life, then surely, this tree did that job beautifully.
I stay in the heart of Fort Kochi, where we have lots of Rain Trees. Its so big that it we feel that we are under an umbrella, during heavy rains as well as scorching sun. I pass every day nearly 4 rain trees to come to my office from my home. So, I have a certain attachment to it, in the sense, that, it gives shade to the children playing underneath it and believe me, there would be 12 cricket team and two football team in one go every Sunday evening and every other day 4 cricket teams.
These trees, they are aged, like old people it started slanting towards the ground. They can fall at any time, but still like myself, the children using the ground too do not fear these trees. We all pass daily under these trees, its like home, office and under the tree.
Last Friday, at 5 pm, it was like any other evening, some children were playing, some were looking at these children playing with a light breeze, bringing a tranquil atmosphere, when a loud cracking noise, literally like a big firecracker bursting brought life to a standstill. And Lo Behold!!!!! to the wonder of everyone around, we heard the next crack and the middle tree started coming down, all the children ran to safety because its a huge tree and its necessary, all will have to move much much farther and the tree took all the time in the world to fall down for its Final Act.
Not a single person was hurt and it did not accidentally fall. Seeing the tree fallen, I felt, that this tree gave its all for nature - the shade, good air, and above all a solid support. And in the end, it made sure, that it did not hurt anybody.
I learned a lesson or two from this tree.
- No matter, who you are are, where you are brought up, or whatever circumstances you are in, you never lose your identity unless you chose to be.
- There is goodness in all of us, try to bring it out than suppress it and bring sadness, hurt and hatred.
With all due respects to my long time friend - The Middle Tree, who gave many lives (motivated many lives) with one single life. I conclude.