When a young tree is injured it grows around that injury. As the tree continues to develop, the wound becomes relatively small in proportion to the size of the tree. Gnarly burls and misshapen limbs speak of injuries and obstacles encountered through time and overcome. The way a tree grows around its past contributes to its exquisite individuality, character, and beauty.This is exactly the thoughts I have had when looking at the trees in the mountains. One day, when I can draw, I plan on drawing a tree growing out of the rocks on the side of a mountain. They are amazing. I don't know how they do it, but they do. Then the top of the tree will be full of leaves and flowers. From looking at the top - no one would ever guess what it had gone through to get to that stage... but when people look at the roots, and see the struggles, they will appreciate its beauty even more.
The image of the mature tree, full of character and beauty, will serve us better than denying the experience or identifying ourselves as victims and survivors.