I kind of think I was chosen by the trees; I don’t really have a choice about whether to be TreeGirl. Writing and publishing a book about trees really means writing and publishing a book on behalf of the trees. It means being in service to the trees because, hey, they can’t write or take photos (but they sure can pose, and they have a lot to say!).
But I certainly do not claim to be the only girl (or woman) who has a special connection with trees. While females are said to be “closer to nature,” there are many of us— female and male — who have meaningful connections with trees. Perhaps you already identify yourself as a tree hugger, or tree lover, or nature lover, or maybe none of those.
But what does it mean to be a treegirl or treeboy?
To be a treegirl or treeboy you don’t have to be naked with the trees, you simply have to love trees. (But we never know where a love can take us.) To find out if you are indeed a treegirl or treeboy, see how many of the following statements you can answer ‘yes’ to:
- You love trees.
- I mean, you reallllly love trees.
- You have, or once had, a favorite tree—or have some sort of connection with a tree.
- You sit up against a tree or in its branches for leisure.
- You hug, embrace, or touch trees with gratitude, awe, and affection.
- You climbed trees as a child, and are still inclined to do so.
- You have planted or cared for trees. You are an arborist, tree worker, forester, horticulturist, orchardist, or landscaper.
- You are a botany geek who knows the Latin names of trees and fascinating scientific facts about them.
- You don't care what the Latin names or scientific facts about trees are; you just call them “tree,” their common name, or some other name.
- You have protected trees through some sort of activism.
- You collect real acorns, pinecones, tree seeds, leaves, or driftwood, and you display them around your home.
- You draw, paint, sculpt, photograph, write poetry, or perform music about or for trees.
- You’ve fantasized about living in a tree house—or you actually live in one.
- You feel pain when you see bad tree pruning, or trees being chipped or cut down.
- You feel drawn to certain trees when you see them, and you want to connect with them.
- You may gasp, sigh, or feel physical pleasure in the presence of certain trees.
- You often prefer being in the company of trees, rather than with people.
- You talk or sing to trees; trees talk or sing to you.
- You have made love in or under a tree, or were conceived in one.
- You've had "ineffable spiritual experiences" with trees.
- You have wished you were a tree, or perhaps you want to be a tree in your next life.
- You identify with or acknowledge "the Tree People."
- You enjoy being naked in nature, especially around trees.
- You have taken photos of yourself naked with a tree (or want to – secretly or not so secretly).
- Your ultimate wish is to "become the forest."
Well, treegirls and treeboys, how did you do?
is the author of the forthcoming book– TreeGirl: Intimate Encounters with Wild Nature, available January 15, 2017 in stores, or for exclusive pre-order during TreeGirl's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, accessible only between Sept.25–Oct. 25th. http://igg.me/at/TreeGirlBook
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