A French author, Jean Giono, wrote a book first published in 1953, The Man Who Planted Trees. I first listened to the book accompanied by the music of Paul Winters. What struck me then and now is the strength of the lead character; a man who felt called to plant trees simply because they needed to be planted. There was no obligation. There was no monetary compensation. Reward and recognition were not the reasons for this man’s conviction and action.
I am struck by how powerful the words and characters remain after so many years. It has been decades since I first found the used CD is a store in Pasadena California. I had not planned to be there. If not for a friend’s notebook with a hard disk failure, I would have been attending a conference in downtown Los Angeles. As it was, we shared an afternoon and evening walking the street of Pasadena waiting for his notebook to be repaired.