There was once a tree that loved a little boy. Everyday, throughout his childhood, he would come and visit the tree. Each day that the little boy comes, he takes something from the tree. Sometimes, it's apples, sometimes it's shade and at times he just uses her to play on. As the boy grows older, he visits less and less. When he does visit, he always wants something. Since the tree loves the little boy, she continues to give, while the selfish young man does nothing, but take and take and take.
Over the course of many years, the interactions between the boy/man and the tree remains the same, him taking, her giving more and more of herself until she has nothing left. Even when the tree has nothing left for the boy/man, she still continues to give in her own gentle and thoughtful way.
This report prepared by Sarah Bryson