On 1/1/06, I lost my brother, sister-in-law & nieces in a random home invasion. My brother and I had always been great lovers of trees-partially because we’d grown up on army posts and never had many trees around our houses. One of the reasons they had bought this house in their neighborhood was because of the beautiful birth dates. Once it was done, the tree offered its leaves to shade and protect the memory of their lives and the 4 swallows flying up to the sky. On the back of the headstone, we quoted the last Beatles’ song “The End”….and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make”…..it was all appropriate for my brother, a musician, and lover of trees. Trees now represent family,
love, strength and inspiration to me.