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The idea never crossed my mind until the afternoon I stood folding laundry and heard a woman on the radio telling the story of donating a kidney to someone she didn’t know.

I had turned 50 the week before. I didn’t think I cared about this milestone, but then I had an epiphany: At last I was turning an age that would impress trees.

In the weeks leading up to my birthday I kept telling everyone my tree theory, so I felt truly seen on the day itself when my beloved presented me with a bread board made from a slice of tree trunk. Dark and glossy, with legible rings and rough bark intact, it had a split — a crack in the wood that curved from outer rim to a little knot in the heart.

…continue reading ‘I Had to Do It Without Telling My Beloved’

Thumb image via New York Times – Brian Rea

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