Literary tattoos

July 16, 2011 – I’m not much of a tattoo fan, but I like the one spotted on Actor Ryan Gosling in this photo.

“The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, a tale about a relationship between a young boy and a tree, has always been my favorite children’s book. It was the one story my son requested over and over again at bedtime that I never minded reading a billion times like I did with other children’s books.

First published in 1964, the book has been translated in to more than 30 languages. It hasn’t been without its share of controversy, with some claiming the boy is too greedy and the tree is an enabler, leaving the boy unable to fend for himself, while others say the tree gives everything freely because he loves the boy and those feelings are returned when the boy comes back to the tree as an adult.

Just goes to show you it’s never helpful to over think anything.

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