Monday, January 25, 2016

Monologue Mania Day # 713 A Tree Grows in......(for Tu B'shevat)by Janet S. Tiger Jan. 25, 2016

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Monologue Mania Day # 713 A Tree Grows in......(for Tu B'shevat)by Janet S. Tiger Jan. 25, 2016  

(Tu B'shevat - the 15th day of the month of Shevat - is a Jewish holiday - the new year for trees.  Today, Jan. 25th - was this year's Tu B'shevat.  Happy New Year Trees! For more info -

                A Tree Grows in....(c)
                                                (for Tu Bshevat)
                                    by Janet S. Tiger  © all rights reserved                                                                          

          (An older person comes out, carrying a shovel.  Looks around, reaches down, tests the soil, rubs some in hands.)

My father taught me that an olive tree needs only a few things to succeed- the first is the last part of the word...succ - SEED......I'm sorry, my father liked silly jokes.......

           (He takes a seed from a pocket and holds it up, then puts it lovingly into the ground)

The next is soil.......

            (He sprinkles the soil back onto the ground)

Water, and the sun......but the most important ingredient....hope.

We plant the seed, and we hope.  Because the tree will not bear fruit for years.  And we hope the fruit will be good.

And olive trees are very giving.  Some produce 100 pounds in a year....

And a giant Chemlali can give you one ton of fruit in a year.......enough to feed a small town....if all they ate was olives!

All trees lead us back to the Tree of Knowledge......and an olive tree has so much knowledge to share.  A tree is a living example of many things, but most of all....patience.  A tree cannot run away from trouble......a tree must wait to be fed, and to get water.....a tree must have faith that the bugs will not suck out the life of the sap......

And most of all....a tree sends out its children to the corners of the earth, some nearby, but most the tree will never see....most will grow in other places.....other times......

There is much to learn from the trees......and....

           (Sits down and leans against the tree)

There is the time to learn it while taking a nap in the shade....

And here's the other hope - that no one disturbs me! 

           (Puts hat over eyes, does not walk off, but dozes off!  Hopefully never the end of wonderful trees......)

Another monologue about trees - Around the Block
and for more info on the holiday-

When you come to the land and you plant any tree, you shall treat its fruit as forbidden; for three years it will be forbidden and not eaten. In the fourth year, all of its fruit shall be sanctified to praise the L-RD. In the fifth year, you may eat its fruit. -Leviticus 19:23-25


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