“Hello? Yes, I have a large tree that’s not going to make it through the winter…”
“How much do you charge for tree removal?”
“Do you care for lawns as well?”
These are a samplings of some of the phone calls we’ve gotten over the years because my husband’s and my business is called “Three Trees, Inc.” No, we are not a yard service. When we incorporated in 2003 to work on this really neat idea we had called “Periwinkle” (who has since found her real name, Petalwink), we wanted to call our business something that reflected who we are as a team and Whit came up with “Three Trees.” Here’s some background on why it’s the perfect name for our non-landscaping business….
We got engaged on February 9 while walking his dog, Barkley. We sat down on a bench near a playground and started commenting on how the old, tall trees around us grew; how they didn’t lean on each other for support or to be able to grow, but their branches mingled happily. We noticed we were right in the middle of a triangle of trees, which we thought was cool because a friend had explained to Whit that the only way for Whit and I to grow close was through our growing closer to God. Imagine a triangle, with me at one corner and Whit at the other; the top point is God. As we each get closer to God, we get closer to each other. Clever, right? And so true. As we continued to revel in these ideas, moonlight filtering through the evergreens on that unseasonably balmy night, Whit reached into his pocket and pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him. I agreed and the rest, they say, is history.
Here’s what I wrote to Whit for our wedding six months later and shared at the rehearsal dinner:
“I love you. Love is a word that links I and you–it is the most powerful and there is. This little word signifies the divine spectrum of all goodness. It is an unchanging but infinite power. It stands for all time and touches all men. I love is the ultimate of I AM for it is identity and action as one. I love you bears witness to man, I and you; and acknowledges God as the only Mind, the only true unity, Love. I love you is the power of witnessing, understanding and demonstrating. I love you is fearlessness. It has no room for doubt or personal failure. I love you has no need even of forgiveness, for it is in itself a preclusion to seeing sin in I or you. I love you is stillness and action, it is intimate yet for all to see. I love you is God’s command, God’s gift and God’s glory. I love you is acknowledging God’s presence here and now and His grace in our hearts. I love you is the true wedding vow, renewed and strengthened with each utterance. I love you is the triangle in the trees where I forever hold you in my heart. I love you.”
So, as I do at this time of year, every year, I say to Whit: “Thanks for asking. I love you.”