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~ The Legend of the Pussy Willow ~

  Many springtimes ago, according to an old Polish
legend, tiny kittens had been chasing butterflies at
the river's edge and fell in. The mother cat, helpless to
save them, started crying. The willows at the river's
edge swept their long graceful branches into
the water - the kittens gripped on tightly to the
branches and were rescued.
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Each springtime since, goes the legend, willow
branches sprout tiny fur-like buds where the
tiny kittens once clung.

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~ The Legend of the Dogwood Tree ~

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An old and beautiful legend has it that, at the time of the
crucifixion, the dogwood was comparable in size to the oak
tree and other monarchs of the forest. Because of its
firmness and strength it was selected as the timber for the
cross, but to be put to such a cruel use greatly distressed
the tree.

Sensing this, the crucified Jesus in his gentle pity
for the sorrow and suffering of the tree said to it: "Because
of your sorrow and pity for My sufferings, never again will
the dogwood tree grow large enough to be used as a cross.
Henceforth it will be slender, bent and twisted and its
blossoms will be in the form of a cross - two long and two
short petals. In the center of the outer edge of each petal
there will be nail prints - brown with rust and stained with
red ~ and in the center of the flower will be a crown of
thorns, and all who see this will remember."

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