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RECENT THOUGHTS | August 1998
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A Recipe that Can
Letters to Megan: this simple, yet symbolic, story of unconditional love was originally written as a letter from the author to his girlfriend Megan Wendt. Wendt, an ice skater for Walt Disney's World on Ice, submitted this personal declaration of affection for our opinions. What are yours?
MARK JASON SKAGGSA tree sits on top of a hill all alone, overlooking all that happens around him in the small town below. As he watches, he sees children playing, he sees busy people running frantically, trying to get everything accomplished. He sees a young, beautiful girl who immediately catches his eye.
As he continues to watch, he sees that she has a somewhat care-free attitude. All of a sudden it seems as if she's walking up the big hill on a little dirt trail, passing a bunch of smaller trees. Before the tree knows it, she is walking through the untouched grass, making her way towards him. Finally she stops, looks around, and places a blanket down on the tall grass. She lays down and starts to talk to the tree.
She sits until the sun sets, the moon rises and one by one the stars start to become visible. She talks to the stars as they gleam down on her. As it gets late, she still talks to the stars.
Jealousy begins, and the tree wonders if she only came to talk to the stars. The tree looks on and thinks, "She can't have the stars, they're just too far away!" Then he starts to realize that she originally stopped to sit down next to him. So the poor tree just waits and listens. Finally she starts to talk to the tree again, and, as she stands up to leave with her blanket, she tells the tree she would be back.
Now the poor tree waits for her alone.
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