The Live Oaks Battle To Live


My routine trip with Charlie to Samford lawn, while doing laundry, always takes me underneath the Toomer’s Oaks. My time spent under the trees is brief:  just long enough to wait to cross the street. No matter how brief the time spent is, it is very special. While standing under the 130 year old live oaks, looking at the sun peak through their leaves, noticing the bits of toilet paper left behind from our last celebration, there is always a sense of pride and joy that fills my mind. Today there was a crowd gathered around the trees. People from all over came. Some of them to say what they believe to be goodbye. Some of them to bring the love and spirt they hope will keep the tree alive.  It was a beautiful afternoon to visit the Toomer’s Oaks, and I know it wont be my last. What I don’t know is how long the trees will have leaves, or even be there at all. Either way I have so many fond memories spent under those trees, and I am lucky to have participated in the Traditions of Auburn University. I have hope that Auburn can somehow save them.  If Auburn University spent 140,000 dollars defending Cam Newton, I am sure that there is no cost too high when comes to saving our beloved Toomer’s Oaks.  If money cant buy them life, then maybe the out pouring of love can. People criticize the treatment of those trees by Auburn fans, but they can’t deny the sprit of Auburn that lives in them.  As Spring rolls in many plants are coming to life, maybe one day the Toomer’s Oaks can again too.


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  1. “Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.”- Alice M Swaim
    May your oaks have the courage to survive for years to come!

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