Tight little pink buds open daily into the sweetest white blossoms on our two apple trees. These trees are very, very special trees. We planted them 5 years ago on Mother’s Day as a family. One tree for each of my children, underneath which we buried the placentas from their births. Giving the trees ultimate nourishment and offering an act of honor to the lives my husband and I brought into this world, a celebration of birth and family.
After we finally set down roots in our home, we broke ground for these two trees. You see, after the birth of my first daughter we moved a total of four times in two years. With each move we made, I toted the placenta from her birth from home to home. Keeping it frozen in a container, I transferred it from freezer to freezer as one of my most valued possessions. So after we had been in our current house for a couple of years, greeting a new baby during that time, I felt it was time to plant these trees.
And as my daughters grow, their trees grow, marking this passage of time and showing so beautifully how life becomes enriched and deepened with each passing moment. This year the trees are beginning to mature, becoming big, all covered in beautiful blossoms with the promise of delicious fruit soon to come.
What, if anything, did you do with your child’s placenta?Shared On: The Sunday Parenting Party, Eco-Kids Tuesday