I planted three maple trees by the side of our North Fork mountain cabin front gate in 2005.
North Fork is beautiful mountain forest, but most of them are evergreen pine trees so I wanted to have my husband to have a feeling of his home of Quebec and me to feel my home country of Japan to see the leaves change color to red.
One of them got badly injured almost four years ago (March 2013) by a car that backed over the tree and broke the main trunk. Nobody thought this tree (she) would make it, but I thought I wanted to help her.
I made a special remedy glue with soft-cooked brown rice and barley to mended her. This idea came from an old traditional story of “Shitakiri Suzume” (translated literally into “Tongue-Cut Sparrow“, is a traditional Japanese story of a kind old man, his avaricious wife and an injured sparrow) that made a glue with rice. Most people can’t believe, but I knew she would; miracles can happen and guess what?….she came back!
Because of drought, many trees did not survive the last few years, and two other maple trees did not make it—but the one I helped to mend survived! Can you believe?
She started to show beautiful autumn colors from following year even more beautiful than before. Many of our North Fork friends told us how beautiful she became, but she was showing the red leaves before Thanksgiving week so we didn’t see her color because we usually visited North Fork on Thanksgiving week.
I finally saw when I went back to Vipassana 10 days meditation in North Fork two years ago (2014) before Thanksgiving week and she was so beautiful and made me feel so happy. I took the photo with her to show Eric.
This year, our friend of Noth Fork told us how beautiful the maple tree showing her red leave’s color again so I talked to her before Thanksgiving week and asked her if she could keep the red leaves for us to see, especially for Eric since he never saw her with red leaves. She said she will do her best and she kept her promise for us so Eric and I were able to see these beautiful leaves for the first time on Thanksgiving weekend together.
I feel the tree is thanking us by showing her beautiful color every year because I helped her to come back. I named her “Thank you (Arigatou) Maple Tree”. Everything is a miracle when you believe it and not give up before the miracle happens.
I took the bandage out for her and express my gratitude to “Thank you (Arigatou), Maple tree”.
with my love,