We love trees. Especially my husband, who used to have a small nursery on his parent's farm, and continues to grow trees in the wooded acreage that his family owns and manages. The Mister is heavy into sawmills, fine woods, and carpentry. He has the appreciation for fine wood furniture that I was supposed to cultivate somewhere along the way, and never quite did.
(Except for my "Give us this day our daily bread" cheery wood bread box, which was a precious gift. )
I just think trees look nice, provide shade, and am impressed when they grow fruit or flowers. One needs to look no further than pictures of our wedding trip to see a healthy respect for trees. After all, we spent a week in the redwood forest area of northern California, and even stopped by the Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska City on the way home.
On a related note, I was a little surprised to receive an e-mail from some environmental group in Europe who are attempting to "...raise awareness of the carbon emissions resulting from the use of the internet - specifically of blogs." Yes, you read that right, my blog and your's may be bad for the environment. Don't ask me how, it's all too complicated. But don't worry, there is hope! The "Make It Green" people (as the call themselves) are willing to plant a tree as a way to "neutralize" my blog's noxious emissions. In exchange for participating, they will give me a snazzy button to put on my blog that declares The Mennobrarian to be "carbon neutral." Well, that's a nice gesture, even though I'm not convinced that posting a few anecdotes, recipes, and pictures here on the internet is going to leave a massive carbon footprint anywhere. But I do like trees, so I might just go along with it just to have one planted. After all, even if it doesn't help, it surely won't hurt, and I'm not convinced there's a problem anyway.