Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day Tree 2013, 25th Anniversary Edition

In 1988, on my husband's second Father's Day, we planted an oak.  Over the past 25 years this scrawny little tree has grown into a mighty oak next to our house.  It is a a Father's Day tradition that we take a photo of Father and Daughter every year next to the tree.  In   This is the newest photo, with a smattering of photos from previous years.  Our collection of photos show quite a history as the tree, people, and weather changed over time. 

2013 - 25th Anniversary of our Tree





The year the tree was planted
Our daughter was 1 year 3 months old. 

During the Halloween "Snowtober" blizzard of 2011 the Father's Day Tree suffered much damage, since the leaves were still on the branches.  The heavy snow broke limbs off trees all over New Hampshire and New England, and millions of people were without power for nearly a week.  We were quite sad to see all the damage on our beloved tree.  

A crew was called in the spring of 2012 to cut many of the branches off the Father's Day tree.  Despite the unexpected "pruning" the Father's Day Tree has thrived and looks great this year.  Many other trees in New England were not so lucky. 

Happy Father's Day! 

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. Wonderful idea and great photos! We had a similar tree at my childhood home - planted when the first child was born almost 60 years ago now. Last time I drove by the home (out of the family for 10 years now), it had been cut down.

  2. Yes, from 2007 to 2013 it looks as if it simply lost a few bottom branches. It looks great in this year's photo. REALLY amazing to see how much it grew in only 25 years. Hard to believe.

  3. Truly amazing to see how much that tree grew in only 25 years. The latest photo in 2013 is great -- looks like it simply lost a few bottom branches from the storm. Can't believe it is the same tree as when your daughter was a year old.