|World Tree(s), by friend & kindred spirit Bryan Perrin.|
Since we have some saplings, some medium sized trees & a couple of very large, old trees, we adjusted the words to fit them more personally, alluding to the future/potential of our younger trees & speaking to the past/present with the larger, older trees.
While pouring food, we addressed each tree:
Great Old Tree, Great Old Tree,
Thanks for all you give to me,
The shade is free,
Here we'll ever happy be.
(Substitute "Middlin' Tree" & "Little Tree" for Great Old Tree. Adjustment for future tense of saplings: "Thanks for all you'll give to me... the shade will be free.")
Part of me wants to add more to the rhyme, but I must remind myself of the limitations of the children's ability to remember all of it. Perhaps we can add more lines over the years, as the grow older & more able to memorize a longer piece.