I'm loving planning a tree planting ceremony for a couple - the tree will be planted in a pot, during the ceremony and then later in the parent's garden. I thought it was a lovely idea when the couple asked if I could write the ceremony and, as I was writing, it occurred to me that, like a tree, a relationship needs to have strong foundations, put down solid roots to withstand all weathers and be constantly nurtured.
Louis de Berniere's lovely description of what love is in Captain Corelli's Mandolin will also fit beautifully...
" ...Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two..."
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