New Member Is Inspired by Generosity of Others and Memories of Poem
Your Arbor Day newsletter story about a member who was leaving a 'Legacy of Trees' moved me to want to do the same, said Patricia Goldblatt, a new Foundation member.
As a result, she has just included the Arbor Day Foundation in her will and has become a J. Sterling Morton recognition level member. Patricia said,
This is something that I can leave that means something to me in my heart and will pass on the great love for trees that I have.
I am in awe of trees and have been since I was a child. We were always in the outdoors camping with my parents, and I did the same with my children when they were growing up, said Patricia.
Even today, I go hiking in the forest and I'm inspired by the peacefulness, wildlife, and wonders of nature. When I look up at the trees, I think of Joyce Kilmer's poem, Trees, that I've known since childhood. Some of its words almost make me cry: A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear, A nest of robins in her hair.
Patricia's lifetime of traveling has left imprinted images of beautiful and unique trees from around the world. She has that same admiration for the trees she plants in her yard at home. Patricia said,
Trees give so much to us and I feel good that I can give something back through the Arbor Day Foundation. Her bequest will help the Foundation plant trees in fire-devastated areas of our nation's forests and in storm-damaged communities across the country, as well as providing valuable trees for city parks and green spaces.