“It’s About the Acorns!”
I’m sharing here a delightful experience that I had recently. I also posted this on Peace for Every Living Thing.
A friend recently loaned me her dvd of the beautiful film, The Man Who Planted Trees. How have I not seen this film before? It is really lovely and renewed my love for trees, all trees– tall, short, droopy, majestic, ordinary– all of them. As I happened to be babysitting my twin grandsons Marcus and Ian (five years old) the evening I brought it home, I decided that perhaps they would like it as well. We watched, they were transfixed– it was a magical moment that, upon reaching the end, I was almost afraid to disturb. I could only say, “Oh, I do so love the trees,” to which sweet Ian responded, “It’s not about the trees; it’s about the acorns!” He’s right, you know. It is about the acorns. The film is all about sowing seeds, seeds of trees, love, rejuvenation, strength and community. Unless we have seeds, we’ll never have trees.
The film was directed by Frédéric Back and based on the book written by Jean Giono. A mere thirty minutes long, it was released in 1987 and won the Academy for Best Animated Short Film. I tried to find a link to the trailer but the film itself seems to be all over the internet. Here is a link to the film but you can use this link to buy it for your very own library.