This is so well written I had to reblog it

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The roots of a tree keep it standing firmly. Rains and winds buffet against it and yet it stands firm. The roots go deep down into the ground and, not only hold it firmly in place, but also nourish it with life-giving water.

Having strong roots, a firm foundation, in one’s life is important. It keeps one grounded; and sure in the knowledge of one’s beliefs and morals when buffeted by the experiences of society. When thinking of personal roots, one often thinks of family background, of history, of where one’s family has originated. But in our modern society I tend to think that our roots are more than that.

Both my parents left the country of their birth. I was brought up in a land that they came to love, but a land n which their parents and siblings had no roots. They had been uprooted (one through his…

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