The Giving Tree

Tattoo from The Giving TreeLiterary Tattoos: The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein:

Literary Tattoos: The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein

Submitted by Carly Neely:

This is the carving the little boy etches into the tree. He later carves in another but that one is removed when he cuts down the trunk of the tree. This carving always remains til the end.
I always related to the giving tree. I think a lot of people misinterpret the story. It’s sad. There’s a lot of pain in loving someone so much who is busy not loving you back like the little boy, but whenever the boy returns, the tree is happy, and that’s all that matters to her at the end of the day.


  1. says

    My wife has the giving tree on her entire chest. The tree, the old man, the carving. I have to admit I didn't understand it when we met but then she reminded me of the story from when I was a kid. She re-introduced me to Shel Silverstein as an adult and it was awesome. Hers is actually a tribute to our son Tomas, hence Me+T.

    Anyway, Kudos my friend and Kudos on this Blog. I will certainly forward this too my wife, Shel get a kick out of it!

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