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A tree is a playground

Pamela
C

Growing up we had more than one horse chestnut tree around our block on the northwest side of Chicago. As kids, we liked to collect the chestnuts when they fell in their prickly green covers.

Childhood
November 13, 2018

Doris

Jessica
T

My grandma died on a bright December day, right after a thick snowfall. As ready as she was, the living were not.

Family
October 24, 2018

My Grandpa Tree

Karen
V

When I was five years old, my grandpa and I got a little twig in a paper cup from McDonald's on Earth Day.

Memorial/Tribute Tree
October 17, 2018

My Refuge

Janet
H

     I grew up in Norwood Park on Chicago's Northwest side. We lived three houses down from the Park District. Close to the fieldhouse was a clump of smaller trees.

Childhood
October 17, 2018

Fence Eating Tree

Greg
L

August 9,2018, I took my 18-year-old grandson Michael to the city to visit a fence-eating tree that we visited in 2003 when he was in preschool.  The tree is still there and doing well.

Family
September 18, 2018
grandson and grandfather with tree growing into fence

Poem: Catalpa

Alice
R

When I was five years old
Dad told me, “It’s a catalpa.
See its seed-pod cigars.”

There used to be
a great big tree
a great majesty.

Childhood
May 7, 2018
Seed pods of northern catalpa, Catalpa speciosa

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