The memory of trees

Scratchboard Illustration by Michael Halbert We put up the Christmas tree yesterday

There is something special about unpacking all the  memories both personal and shared along with the decorations. Something fantastic and slightly magical about the ritual of putting them on display on the branches of a living tree. By the end of the afternoon. it felt like a primal diary or perhaps more like a totemic blog. Small thoughts, unconnected ideas and good memories  that charted a warm rich and colourful history of our life as individuals and as a family. The smattering of inherited or passed on decorations linking back to other trees and other families.  

You can keep your fibre-optic upside down Christmas trees. I’d rather have the homemade stars made by my daughter.


East Lothian dad. Likes bad jokes and comic songs. Mostly tired, tries to stay cheerful. Thinks space is awesome. Would like to write more code and better docs.

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