The Little Tree on the Hillside
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Title: The Little Tree on the Hillside
Author: Fran Hafey, Reiki II Practioner, Spiritual Consultant
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Copyright: Mystickblue (c) 2002 All rights reserved.
Word Count: 751
The Little Tree on the Hillside
Once upon a time there was a little tree on a hillside. There
were other trees not very far away, just along the forests edge.
The little tree grew straight and each year the farmer would trim
its branches back, along with all the other trees and tell them
how beautiful they were.
One year the farmer who had grown old, went away, and the trees
were not visited as much and they didn't have their branches
trimmed. This made them sad, but they were very proud to still be
on the hillside.
One day they noticed a new family had moved into the house down
in the valley that they overlooked.
The little tree saw a little girl with her dog running and
playing in the yard in the summer breeze. The little girl and
her dog ran up the hill to the very top and they looked down. The
little girl said "oh my what a beautiful view of the valley."
Excited she turned and noticed the little tree standing there
alone and said "I will trim your branches and make you beautiful
This made the little tree very happy.
When the cool north winds came, the little girl didn't come to
visit as much, but a man did. He walked up the hillside and
looked down into the valley. He looked at the trees and said. "I
will cut these trees down, they block my view of the sun and they
would make good firewood." The little tree shook with fear and
was once again, very sad. He loved looking down into the valley
and he missed the little girl and her dog.
The man returned with an ax in his hand. But the little girl was
chasing behind him. "Please daddy" she cried. "Please don't cut
down my tree! "The man turned and saw his little girl crying and
he said "but the tree blocks my view and it just stands here all
alone and it's not even a very big tree at all." Just then it
started to snow, so the man said he would come back tomorrow. He
picked up the little girl and headed down the hillside.
That night, Christmas Eve night, as the little girl and her dog
slept, the man sat by the fire. He watched the flames pop and
dance as he was mesmerized and taken back in time, when he was a
boy. He too had loved the trees and loved the holiday snow. He
remembered back, many years gone by, the trees and how beautiful
they were. His father had taught him to love all living things
and to cherish them.
When his father died and then later also his wife, he was left
alone with his little girl. He had somehow lost that love he had
for nature and the beauty of all things. He lost many things, and
with this memory he shed a tear. He sat by the fire for a long
time that night.
The next morning the little girl awoke to a quiet empty house.
There was no tree, no decorations, no candy canes or doggy treats
waiting for her and her dog. The little girl felt very sad.
Just then she heard a sound outside and she ran to look out the
window. She could hardly believe her eyes, when she gazed up on
the hillside and she saw all the sparkling lights and decorations
all glowing upon those trees and there was her father waving to
her, with a big smile on his face. Something she hadn't seen for
a long time. She grabbed her boots and coat and headed for the
She ran up the hill with dog in tow, with her cheeks glowing rosy
red. Her father raised her high in his arms and lifted her to
place a star on the little tree, there on the hillside.
The little tree was shaking, but this time, not from fear, but
with joy and happiness!
Some say they heard a voice on the wind whistling through the
forest that Christmas morning. It was the voice of love. The
father vowed to never forget, ever again, the love that he had
once held in his heart. He would hold it close, but live his life
for the family he had, now. He promised to do his part, to love
all living things and to always take care of the little tree on
About the Author
Fran Hafey is a Reiki II Practioner,Writer, Spiritual
Counselor and teacher. She provides guidance and inspiration
via her Website, groups and newsletter on the World Wide Web.
To read more of her articles visit the Author's
Website: http://Mystickblue.com or at
She's currently working on publishing her own books about love,
inspiration, magic and nature stories for Children of all ages.
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