An Exploration of Sacred Parenting and Education

“My Best Friend is a Tree” by Uzma Taj

In Story telling on November 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm

The Soul Garden

Just as the Heart becomes carefree

in a place of green, growing plants,

goodwill and kindness are born

when our souls enter happiness.

Mathnawi II, 1095-96

“My Best Friend is a Tree” by Uzma Taj

Isaac had an unusual best friend.  Isaac’s best friend was a tree.  Wherever Isaac went, so did the tree.  They would play games like catch the ball and hide-and-seek.  Isaac was ever so happy with his friend the tree.

Unfortunately for Isaac no one else agreed.  The other children at school would point and laugh and say, “How silly to have a tree as a friend!”  Sadly it was not only his friends at school who thought he was strange, so did all the other people in the village.  They would say, “Who is that strange boy whose best friend is a tree?” and, “It’s no good to have a tree as a friend!” Sometimes they would say even more not so very nice things like, “We shouldn’t talk to the boy whose friend is a tree – he’s far too strange.”

But, you see, Isaac was happy and didn’t understand why no one wanted to play with him and his best friend, Tree.  One day Isaac came home from school, and his mum and dad looked very serious.  They asked Isaac to sit down.  Isaac’s mum and dad said, “Maybe we should talk about your friend the tree. The whole village is talking and we are worried.”

“Oh, don’t worry” said Isaac.  “I am very happy with my best friend, Tree.”

Isaac’s mum and dad loved him very much and said, “As long as you are happy, then we are happy that your best friend is a tree.”

One day, a most average day in the village, the sun shone brightly in the sky.  Isaac went outside to play with his best friend, Tree.  It was such a lovely day, and they played out all day.  Everyone in the village was very hot as the sun was shining very brightly.  They watched Isaac playing with Tree.  They said “What a silly boy, playing in the sun!” and, “How can a boy have a best friend that is a tree? It’s just far too silly!”

The next day the sun shone brighter than ever before.  Once again, it was just Isaac and Tree playing in the sun.  The people in the village were far too hot to do anything.  You see Isaac could play in the sun all day long because he had the shade from his best friend, Tree.  The people in the village watched Isaac playing and thought again, “How silly! It’s far too hot, even if you do have a best friend that’s a tree!”

Unfortunately for the village the sun got brighter and brighter.  The town got hotter and hotter.  Everything began to melt.  On one particular day at about midday the roofs of the houses melted away.  The villagers ran into the street and said, “Oh dear, oh dear, it’s far too hot to sit in the sun! What shall we do?”  They sat down very worried, feeling very hot from the heat of the sun.  One of the villagers saw Isaac and his family having a picnic beneath Isaac’s best friend, Tree.  “Look, look!!! Over there!” said the villager, “There is Isaac and his strange friend the tree.”

As humble as can be, the villagers went to see Isaac and his best friend, Tree.  They said, “Oh Isaac, we are sorry that we thought you were strange.  Do you think we could sit beneath the shade of your friend the tree?”

Isaac smiled and said, “Of course you can. It’s so nice and cool sitting here and my friend does not mind at all.”

It’s been one whole week since that very hot day.  The rains are here now, so it’s not so hot and the villagers have fixed their melted roofs.  But here is the most wonderful thing: things have changed for our little Isaac. You see now, as the villagers walk by, they say, ”Hey look, it’s Isaac and our friend – Tree!”

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  1. Greetings,

    Beautiful story. Thank you for it.

    All good wishes,

    robert

  2. Beautiful, and quirky! thank you for this story. A wonderful way to open up discussion about our relationships with nature, parents, community…
    Siema

  3. Beautiful, heart-warming story. I can actually feel the heat of the sun!

    Sx

  4. A lovely story – whimsical and profound. It makes me think of the Book Foundation’s motto: ‘Aren’t you aware how God sets forth the likeness of a good word? It is firmly rooted like a good tree, its branches reaching toward the sky, yielding its fruit at all times by the permission of its Sustainer’
    (Qur’an 14:24).

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