Once upon a time, in a not-so-faraway land, there was a kingdom of acorns, nestled at the foot of a grand old oak tree. Since the citizens of this kingdom were modern, fully Westernized acorns, they went about their business with purposeful energy; and since they were midlife, baby-boomer acorns, they engaged in a lot of self-help courses. There were seminars called “Getting All You Can out of Your Shell.” There were woundedness and recovery groups for acorns who had been bruised in their original fall from the tree. There were spas for oiling and polishing those shells and various acornopathic therapies to enhance longevity and well-being.

One day in the midst of this kingdom there suddenly appeared a knotty little stranger, apparently dropped “out of the blue” by a passing bird. He was capless and dirty, making an immediate negative impression on his fellow acorns. And couched beneath the oak tree, he stammered out a wild tale. Pointing upward at the tree, he said, “We . . . are . . . that!”

Delusional thinking, obviously, the other acorns concluded, but one of them continued to engage him in conversation: “So tell us, how would we become that tree?” “Well,” said he, pointing downward, “it has something to do with going into the ground . . . and cracking open the shell.” “Insane,” they responded. “Totally morbid! Why, then we wouldn’t be acorns anymore.”

(Cynthia Bourgeault via psephizo.com )

(image from motherearthnews.com )

14 thoughts on “WHAT SORT OF ACORN?

    1. Yes – I discovered that the blog editor tool (the other blog) put a forward slash on the end which stopped the link working. If you remove it, it works!

      This is an old blog of mine so I am used to its funny ways by now, and I also have another wordpress blog for deacons. Mind you they are always changing it and updating it and I don’t always like the changes! You’ll get there in the end. xx


  1. Reminds me of young kids who can’t and won’t believe they come from their birth parents, (within whatever linguistic descriptions may have been used).

    In this myopic land, is there any hope of oak trees continuing to form and grow or, is Armageddon nigh?


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