The Official Writing Challenge
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Oh, if the trees could speak! This is an enjoyable read through the eyes of nature. Great job!
I found myself thinking, "There's a time for all seasons" and, "Life is meant to be shared."

We have an old maple tree in our back yard that witnessed life here on our farm over a hundred years ago - but also shaded my kids' sandbox. It, too, could write a book of stories on life and loss, and struggle and victory!
Indeed, if trees could talk. This is a wonderful story, one that tells of change and the pain it sometimes bring. I'm glad the old oak tree went from happiness to despodency, and then back to happiness again. Good ending.
I loved this story from the viewpoint of the old Oak! Such a delightful family life to share with readers of all ages. Very creative, nicely written and I liked it very much! It touched me...and that's what makes a story great. Thank you.
Pretty good transitions baack and forth between present and past, made clearer by the lines of asterisks.
I particularly enjoyed the pathos of the middle section, the boys going off to war, and returning each in his own way.
I wondered if one of the children would wander over to the tree and almost fall over in wonderment looking up at its height.
Good job!
Is this a crimson moon entry?
An interesting way to look at the passage of time in a confined space.