Many children dream of having a tree house. Probably more boys than girls actually make them but that may be a cultural issue. When I think of tree houses I remember fondly the one’s I visited in my childhood. A dear friend built one for my son. It was the center of his empire for many years.
Now they are popping up around the world for adults. It may be a nice escape. Some are very elegant and pricy. Some are reflections of childhood simplicity. Tree’s are part of the wood element energy of new beginnings, vision, growth, hope and optimism. I think it is very appropriate that they are emerging at this time. We need a new vision and certainly some hope right now.
Many are being offered as bed and breakfast accommodations. I think it would be wonderful to sleep in a bed suspended in the air supported by a nurturing tree. Architects are being imaginative and organic in their building. I read that it is like installing new branches into the tree where needed. If built properly the tree actually starts growing new wood called “reaction wood” where the fasteners are put. The tree grows stronger around the fasteners. It appears that they like the tree houses! I can’t help but think of the wonderful children’s book: “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. A story of a boy and a tree and their relationship over time. The tree gives and gives out of love for the boy.
One tree house architect said that we are just trying to fit in where nature is. Imagine being in your tree house eight feet off the ground. Look around at the beautiful sky through the leaves and branches of your tree. Doesn’t take too much to get a new perspective on your life does it? Maybe it’s the perspective of your child within. Isn’t it beautiful? Maybe the true gift of a tree house is this reconnection with our child self.
I am booking a reservation!