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Sometimes you need to stop writing and plant a tree

If people sat at the computer all day; cakes would not get baked, eggs would not get scrambled, children would not get fed, cars would never be driven, gas would not be needed, and there would be nothing to write about.

I woke up at five this morning to write. I wrote. After I wrote I drove to a nursery, bought two trees, came home and dug two holes.  Tonight I planted one of the trees. A Japanese Flowering Cherry tree. A Prunus serraluta, a ‘Kwansan.’

The clay ground was softened by the rain from Hurricane Sandy. My fingers were cold and I had dirt under my fingernails.  I planted one tree before the sun set. Next spring my tree will have double pink flowers, three to five in a cluster.   I will see the blooms on the Japanese Flowering Cherry tree from the window in the basement when I write.

I stopped writing this morning.  I scrambled eggs. I fed my children. I drove a car. I used gas. I have something to write about.

I planted a tree.



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • Awesome. This is a tension, I think, this whole writing/living thing.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you for your comment. Writing is living, but living gives us something to write about.

  • My daughter…..the writer…..the painter…..the plumber……the construction worker…..the gardener…..the electrician…..the artist…..the planter of trees……the teacher…….the friend……and most important…….someones dear wife…..the Mother…….you all know her as Pamela……I know her as Pamela (Jane) Berdeane 🙂

  • Brad Veitch


    Planting a tree is GOOD work! Reminding others that it is important to live is also good work. Great day of priority setting and knocking them out one by one. Enjoyed this piece of writing also.

    Tribe Writer

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Brad for your comments. Nice to meet a fellow Tribe Writer.