Sunday, August 1, 2010

Clark's Maple

It has become a tradition in our family to plant a tree on my mom's property for each grandchild that's born. Clark's high school class, the Class of 2003, said that they would like to plant a tree in memory of Clark. We loved the idea and immediately went tree shopping. Clark didn't have a favorite tree that we knew of so we tried to think of another tree that might have some meaning. There was a beautiful Japanese Maple in front of Wing Mortuary in Utah but that species cannot grow in Watertown. We looked into other Maples and decided on a Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple. We were all a little weepy as we broke the ground, then planted the tree by the road. We offered a prayer for the tree, and for Clark's memories, to go on living and beautifying our lives. The tree has already caught the eye of neighbors who comment on it's beauty and how they appreciate it's symbolism. May it grow tall and strong and be a constant reminder to us that just as the tree lives, Clark does also.

9 comments:

Karla said...

Beautiful... and now I'm weepy as well! A lovely tree that will grow and make a difference to everyone who passes by. Now you need a bench w/In Memory Of brass plaque by the tree ;-)

You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and not a day goes by that I don't recollect a memory or a thought about Clark and his life changing journey...

Love and gratitude,
Karla in St. George

Ligia said...

Yes, beautiful tree and a beautiful idea. He does live. I hope to see it next time I pass through SD.

Jena 'Bracht' Davis said...

I'm so glad that you posted pictures of the ground breaking and planting of Clark's tree. I'm glad that our high school class was also able to be a part of honoring Clark's memory, I know it means a lot to us that we were able to help in some way. You are all in my thoughts and prayers always.

nickernoodle said...

What a sweet idea. It will be a constant reminder to you of a great young man that you can enjoy for years to come. I should stop out and see it. I haven't been to your house since that time I came with Devan and Sasha. (((HUGS))) to you all!

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful!
Jim and Marilyn Fronk

Tom Crank said...

Just checked out the Super Clark blog. I am sure Clark loves the maple tree and loved the birthday balloons. Very cool ideas. Take care.

Kate Larson said...

I thank you for Viscious every day...we LOVE having her as she is a part of YOU!!! Love you and miss you......

Elliot said...

What a cool idea and post!

terri said...

It is such a beautiful tree. When my Dad died I learned what the word cathartic means..therapeutic, liberating, healing. It's a good word. Planting Clark's maple fits with that word.