I just recalled something that came up in conversation with my wife’s family a while back. I thought I’d share it with you all, as it still tickles me pink.
We were all eating dinner together when my wife remarked that the tree outside our kitchen window “spoke” to her mom the night before. “How did the tree speak to her?” I asked. While she was doing her Chi-Gong in the tatami room the spirit in the tree apparently complained to her that he was not happy about the trash we pile outside our back door right beside him. He was also not pleased with the spicy peppers they had planted next to him. He asked if they could please remove them. They know I’m an atheist, so they didn’t expect me to buy it. I have to admit I found it pretty amusing. We all had a nice little laugh over it together.
The best part is that the next day, I went out only to find the tree drastically pruned back literally to the point of having no leaves or long thin branches left. Dad had decided to prune it back. When I asked about it, my wife explained that it’s actually good for the tree to get a good pruning. It makes it come back stronger. I couldn’t help thinking, “That’ll teach the tree spirit to complain about the rubbish!”
Anyone else heard about tree spirits in dreams, trances or folklore since being here?