I woke up this morning a little dismal to the discovery that my beautiful maple tree in the yard had lost all of its leaves. It shouldn't come as a surprise because this weekend was windy, snowy and tumultuous enough to shake every leaf of its branch. It's also the inevitable fate of fall coming to an end each year. So, I should be used to it, and I should see it coming, but that doesn't make it any easier. It's still quite upsetting when one day your tree is brimming with red and orange vibrancy and the next morning all you see is its skeleton.
A bare tree symbolizes a lot for me. It's a sign of winter, either in the dead of it, or in its transition. There's the period, like we're in now, that the days are getting shorter and colder and autumn is changing to winter. Then there's the other period, the one that takes forever to come, when winter is finally, finally coming to an end and the groundhog hasn't seen its shadow and spring is on its way.
The bare tree is also a sign of life being dormant. The tree, despite still being alive, shows little signs of it. Everything around the tree hibernates too. I would hibernate too if I could.
The bare tree also gives me an eerie feeling. In its animated form, it could be a motif of death or spookiness in Halloween or horror. A ton of scary movies take place in barren forests, with cryptic noises, and owl hoots.
I'm not the biggest fan of winter. I used to be, when I would go outside in a snowsuit to play in the snow, when winter meant snow days, when I'd drink hot chocolate till my tummy ached. But somewhere down the road, excluding the magical time of Christmas of course, winter started to feel heavy. It felt dark all the time, incredibly cold, I'd be sick, and pretty lonely. I've yet to master a way to conquer SAD, so that's why when I see my tree's angular and spiny silhouette outside my window, I can't help but sigh.
But in spite of my moody blues, I can't omit the one positive fact of the bare tree. Bare Trees is the name of the sixth Fleetwood Mac album. And I love Fleetwood Mac. So here it is: