The oldest oak tree east of the Mississippi was discovered in Dysart Woods, Belmont County, Ohio several years ago and was thought to be 373 years old. The old oak next to our place in the same county – the one that looks like a “Don’t-pick-my-apples Wizard of Oz” tree is probably only a few years younger and was certainly there before any Mark Twain-style of civilization.
Some days I think about growing older and how much I want it to be with you. There aren’t any promises that can assure this but just maybe we will leave a few things behind for someone to wonder.
This may be why my dad liked to paint trees.
There is no salvation for us but to adopt Civilization and lift ourselves down to its level.
- "To the Person sitting in Darkness”, Mark Twain