Willow Weeping

Happy New Year my friends! I cannot believe it has already been twenty years since people believed Y2K would bring on the end of life as we know it. Please don’t think I am taking a dig at anyone who believed it. I always say better to be paranoid and prepared than to be caught blindsided. I was almost eight years old, and completely oblivious to the anxiety mounting around the world as midnight approached. I just remember getting to have a tiny glass of Champagne in celebration, so that was big for me.

I still remember standing on the front porch as my dad popped the cork at midnight, and the excitement I felt holding my little glass of bubbly. Not sure if they believed in all the hub-bub, but they seemed relieved when nothing happened. If either of you are reading this, drop a comment and let us know! As a matter of fact, I would love to hear all of your Y2K stories! But now onto today’s real point of interest.

Today’s topic is the Weeping Willow and the symbolism of it. For those of you who live in my community, I can say that, sadly, this topic has come at a time when we are grieving the loss of one of our own. I wish it were not so fitting for this time of sadness, but it is. We lost an honorable man who served his country and community alike with unwavering loyalty and dedication. Because of the bad choice of one man, another man’s family is left to pick up and keep going without him. Chris made an impact on everyone he met, and none of us will ever be the same.

You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

Chris Dickerson

The Weeping Willow symbolizes a season of disappointment, sadness/sorrow, the grief of mourning one’s loss through a season of sadness, and surviving until you reach a place of spiritual and emotional rebirth. It also symbolizes, however, that even through great loss we have the ability to grow, and that there is potential for something new.

The root of the tree can be even bigger than the stem, which can destroy pipes and walkways if planted near them, but it allows the tree to absorb massive amounts of water. They are often planted in places that are known to be saturated with water as to help with flooding, and many times found growing near lakes, streams, and creeks. It stores up water for the hard times.

While the trunk is sturdy and unwavering, the branches are flexible, and do not break under pressure. The Willow is an adaptable tree, able to survive and even thrive in the most challenging conditions, giving light to its symbolism. It stands unwavering and firm in the midst of trials, but its flexibility prevents it from being broken.

Being deciduous, the Willow sheds its leaves each year, turning from green to yellow. This is significant in the symbolism in Chapter 6.

Yellow symbolizes the Spirit of Understanding, hope, light, marriage, family, celebration, joy, happiness, optimism, wealth, summer, air, courage, and sunlight.

These are the things that Iylara had, and the ‘dying’ of the tree represents the death of them, leaving her in a period of disappointment and sadness.

The Willow in Chapter 6 is planted by a creek, but after months of no rain, the water has dried up completely, causing it to start to literally die rather than going into hibernation, the leaves yellowing before their time as its life source dissipates. With the return of the rain, however, it will be able to survive the coming winter, the dark time. The rain could be seen as the return of the life giving Spirit of God that gives us peace and understanding when we have none in our self. You only need to believe and receive it to have it.

All in all, it reminds us that even in the midst of darkness, there is always hope for the future.

Blood 4 Honor: Part 1. Chapter 6. Jai (offline-in editing process)

Many Blessing to you all in this new year,
Emma Lee

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