A Tree is Trustworthy – I can depend on it. I can trust it to do what is expected of it. It faithfully stays in its place and does its work well.
A Tree is Loyal – It is true to the law of its nature. It does not play double.
A Tree is Helpful – It works for me, building wood, holding the earth in place, purifying the atmosphere and screening from the wind and sun, also furnishing fruit for food and shelter for birds.
A Tree is Friendly – It is a good companion, standing near me and holding out its hands to me. It makes me feel comfortable to be with it.
A Tree is Courteous – It behaves itself well, minds its own business and doesn’t intrude into the affairs of others.
A Tree is Kind – It is good to me and doesn’t frighten or annoy me.
A Tree is Obedient – It obeys the law of a higher power and does as it is told, working in accordance with the rules.
A Tree is Cheerful – It looks up to the sun and does not draw away. It waves its hands in glee in the breeze and makes me feel glad to be near it.
A Tree is Thrifty – It uses the available material and does not waste any. It produces wood, fertilizer, food, conserves water and provides for the future.
A Tree is Brave – It struggles against difficulties and persists in growing in competition with others, and even in discouraging surroundings and among enemies.
A Tree is Clean – It takes care of itself and cleans itself of worn out branches. Although growing in dirt, it produces lean wood and it even works at purifying the atmosphere we breathe.
Boys’ Life, Jan 1922
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