Be The Tree

This past Fall, my husband and I were out for dinner and drinks with some friends, sitting at a table next to a beautiful tree that extended overhead. We were indoors, so the presence of the tree was unexpected and welcoming. In the middle of our conversation, a bright green leaf detached from the tree and fell to the table right in front of me. Any other time I probably would have paid no mind to this, but I happened to look up and notice that this tree was full of green leaves - while it's outdoor counterparts were changing colors and becoming barren.

"This must be a fake tree" I proclaimed.

"No, it's real" responded our friend. Clearly he didn't know what he was talking about - his years of studying Natural Resource Sciences and Landscaping Architecture did nothing for him.

"Yea. It's fake. Look, its leaves are still bright green and aren't falling off." I replied.

"This tree hasn't dropped it's leaves because it still has use for them. Trees lose their leaves when they no longer provide nutrients for the tree." The conversation ended abruptly as we were pulled back into our table's previous debate on the correct pronunciation of David Bowie's last name (RIP).