Thursday, 9 July 2015
As old as a tree
My son found some dead flies lying on the windowsill yesterday. He asked my wife what killed all these flies and she told him that flies only live for a few days and then they die "of old age".
This made me think of trees which can live for hundreds and even thousands of years. To trees we probably look as short lived as the fruit flies look to us. Generations of people are born, live and die during the lifetime of a tree. People can live a long time, some can live a very long time, but even these longest human lives are just blips in lives of trees. This is why the word for "ancient, primeval" in Slavic languages is "drevan". It comes from the root "drvo, drevo, derevo" meaning tree and literally means "as old as a tree". I love my language... :)