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  • In the forest, high up on the steep shore, and not far from the open seacoast, stood a very old oak tree. It was just three hundred and sixty-five years old, but that long time was to the tree as the same number of days might be to us.
  • On many a warm summer, the Ephemera had fluttered to the old oak, enjoyed life and felt happy. The tree would always say, “Poor little creature! your whole life consists only of a single day. How very short. It must be quite melancholy.” “No? You may have thousands of my days, but I have thousands of moments in which I can be merry and happy."
  •  And the little creature danced and floated in the air, rejoicing in her delicate wings in the breezes. when the sun sank low it felt tired of all its happiness and enjoyment. Its wings could sustain it no longer, and gently glided down and slept peacefully. The fly was dead.
  • The oak tree prepares to sleep for the winter. It was just about holy Christmas time that the tree dreamed a dream. The church bells ring as if it is Christmas time, yet the season is warm and as if it was summer. The oak tree rejoices this one ephemeral moment, and questions how it is possible. The multitude of plants around him answers that it is possible in heaven.
  • The oak tree stretched further up, until its roots are freed from the ground and the tree floats towards the sky. The oak tree is overwhelmed at being able to be with all those it ever loved in this single moment. Simultaneously, in the real world, a great storm is raging. As the tree is dreaming of its roots being released and floating towards the sky, the wind pushes over the oak tree and tears it up by the roots.
  • The tree lies dead. Ship full of sailors who survived the storm looks to the coast where the oak tree was and they lament its passing, having used it as a landmark for many years, and noting that none can replace it. Then they sang a Christmas Carol to celebrate Christ's love and the promise of eternal life.
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