“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.”
Tilly’s Tree begins with the birth of a baby girl.
To honor her life and teach her to connect with all living things, Grandpa planted a tree.
—Excerpt from Tilly’s Tree
Tilly and her tree grow through life together as Grandpa teaches Tilly to have compassion for all living things. One day, Tilly arrives home to find her Mom waiting to share the sad news that Grandpa passed on. Together, they find comfort under Tilly’s tree. After a reflective summer under her tree, Tilly is awakened to the connections between all living things and to her own greater purpose, just as Grandpa had intended.
Tilly grows up to become an arborist in a forest where she cares for many trees. She meets a special person in the forest that shares her connection to all living things. They marry under Tilly’s tree. Moments before her ceremony:
She closed her eyes and saw herself as a child there. She heard Grandpa’s voice in the rustling leaves and felt his gentle kiss through the breeze on her cheek. Tilly heard her own laughter swirling through the branches above. She remembered the hours of quiet and stillness and those miraculous moments when she was awakened with an understanding that she was a part of everything that existed in the world. Tilly’s heart opened wide from all the love and sacred gifts that had been shared under her special tree.
—Excerpt from Tilly’s Tree
Sometime later, Tilly gives birth to a baby girl, and the story comes full circle to repeat this family’s tradition of honoring the birth of a child.
“Tilly stood in silence under the loving branches of her tree. She closed her eyes and saw herself as a child there. She heard Grandpa’s voice in the rustling leaves and felt his gentle kiss through the breeze on her cheek. Tilly heard the sound of her own laughter swirling through the branches above. She remembered the hours of quiet and stillness and those miraculous moments when she was awakened with an understanding that she was a part of everything that existed in the world. Tilly’s heart opened wide from all the love and sacred gifts that had been shared under her special tree.”
Patricia Ann Marshall has been an elementary public school teacher in the United States for the past twenty years. She is most grateful to have been on the receiving end of the greatest lessons from her students. Patricia recognizes that while we educate the minds of our children, we must place a greater emphasis on opening their hearts. Through her writing, Patricia hopes to illustrate that joy comes from the recognition that the “knowing” we seek lies in the quiet and still places within each of us.
Her passions are to continuing her personal growth through meditation and sharing her experiences through her writing. Patricia writes daily in a gratitude journal. She loves spending time with her dogs, taking photographs, sewing quilts, and working in the garden. Patricia enjoys drinking tea and sharing the joys of the journey with her family and friends.
Visit Patricia’s websites at www.PatriciaAnnMarshall.com and www.TillysTree.com.
A beautiful story that touches on the bonds that connect us to our loved ones throughout our lives. Through the special relationship Tilly has with her grandfather, we are touched and drawn to think about those amazing people that are part of our lives. This story touches every age and will be read, and reread many times. A wonderful addition to both home and classroom libraries!
Tilly's Tree is a wonderful book that touches your heart. Both children and adults will thoroughly enjoy it and will surely read it over and over again. Tilly's Tree teaches valuable life lessons and promotes family traditions. My girls absolutely loved Tilly's Tree and will surely cherish it for a long time to come.