Are You a Crooked Tree or a Straight Tree?


This photo was taken several years ago when we were living in Carrabelle, FL.   I had been to an art show and one of the  photographs on display looked really familiar and suddenly I realized… hey, I know where that is!  And so one day on the drive into Tallahassee, I stopped to capture my own picture of it.

Photo that I call Non-conformist

Once upon a time there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. And they grew next to each other. And every day the straight tree would look at the crooked tree and he would say, “You’re crooked. You’ve always been crooked and you’ll continue to be crooked. But look at me! Look at me!” said the straight tree. He said, “I’m tall and I’m straight.” And then one day the lumberjacks came into the forest and looked around, and the manager in charge said, “Cut all the straight trees.” And that crooked tree is still there to this day, growing strong and growing strange. –Tom Waits, in Wristcutters: A Love Story

It looks like that one tree has been left standing many, many times over the years.


Note:  I post a photo each Sunday with either one of my own personal thoughts or a quote by someone else (those quotes will be duly accredited whenever possible.)

Whether it’s the quote that inspires you or the photo itself, it is my hope that you’ll use it as a story germ and write about it.

If you do and would like to share, please post in the comments to let me know where I can read what you’ve written.



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