Elizabeth Baldi ('17)
That tree was many students’ favorite tree. The one they climbed up, fell out of, scraping their knee as a result as a child. The one they used as base when they played tag. The tree they always went to when they made plans to meet their friends. It may have been the tree that students stood by while making a new lifelong friend.
Trees have a lot of power, as they are something that stands still for near eternity. This tree resembled that to some Bullis students that attend this school. One student said, “This tree was a special tree to many students here, especially to me. I used to play with friends around this tree. We used to sit under this tree and talk! It was fun.” Another student said that this tree represented the growth of Bullis as it advanced and became the school it is today. Since relocating to the Potomac area, Bullis has grown and advanced along with this tree.
Was it truly necessary to cut this tree down? It is possible to build around trees.
New things are great. Sometimes they are better. But this tree was magnificent. It was here since the beginning. This tree may not be as memorable as the friendships and the bonds that have been made at this school but some still hold this tree close to their hearts dearly. It is so sad to say farewell to things that are very meaningful to you, especially something that has been around for so long. For as long as Bullis has been at this location, that tree has been here. Seasons and students have come and gone and this tree has remained here for years. Now it has been put to rest in a pile of splinters.