A letter to the tree in my yard

Sophie Librett - Senegal


September 29, 2019

Dear tree in my yard,

Thank you for providing shade from the blistering hot days.

In this shade I have been able to bond with my family.

In this shade I have been able to speak broken Wolof.

In this shade I have seen the care children have for each other, as well as the angst.

In this shade I have learned to deeply admire the women around me.

It is in this shade that I have begun to immerse myself in something bigger than myself: Senegal 

In this shade I have laughed.

In this shade I have danced.

And thank you sun for shining down on us because I have begun to look forward to the shade of the tree in my yard.


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Sophie Librett