Tree Roots?.jpg

It doesn't look like this image will make it into the Martin Buber film that Hugh is making for the Mexico conference.

But I kinda like it...

It is a picture that I borrowed from Rachel Piper (who does some gorgeous woodland shots). OK, to be honest, I have somewhat abused her work after being inspired by a card in the British Library. The card showed an old negative image of a tree and it had been left the wrong way up on the shelf...

The image took me back to a moment in a very particular dialogue.

A few of years ago, I was walking with my son, who was about 8 years old at the time, through some woodland on the edge of the Conway Valley in Wales.  Our conversation went like this:

Me: Hey - do you think if you touch a tree it can actually feel you doing that?

Him: Yep.

Me: You seem pretty sure about that... Trees do that kinda thing?

Him: Of course they can feel you.... They can feel you before you touch them.

Me: Huh? How does that work...?

Him: You're standing on their roots...

And with that, the world turned upside-down.