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Mighty Acorns

I have always loved the expression "A mighty oak from a little acorn grows." I guess I identified with the little acorn. I had two older and bigger brothers and in addition to being the littlest kid in the family, I was also the littlest kid in my class in school, at least in the little grades. So part of what the saying suggested to me was that I might have a growth spurt down the line somewhere.

But I was a poor kid, too, and somehow the expression also gave me confidence that I could make something of myself despite my circumstances. It is nice to have a pat little saying reminiscent of some object that is part of one's everyday life which is both motivating and compatible with the cycles of nature.

Image Credit » Photo taken by me with my Samsung Note 3 phone.

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LynnWrites wrote on August 25, 2014, 12:31 AM

I love that goes to show that small or difficult beginnings have little do on what we can accomplish!

JanetJenson wrote on August 25, 2014, 12:57 AM

It is an expression lynnwrites that goes very far back in the history of the English language and culture.

bestwriter wrote on August 25, 2014, 1:44 AM

Everyone starts with small beginnings. If we read stories of these great achievers that proves this point.

BarbRad wrote on August 25, 2014, 2:18 AM

I've also loved this saying, but didn't fully appreciate it until I moved here are was surrounded everywhere I went by mighty oaks.

suffolkjason wrote on August 25, 2014, 7:14 AM

When you really consider an oak tree that is hundreds of years old and how it started out as an acorn (perhaps squirreled away) it does blow your mind.

JanetJenson wrote on August 25, 2014, 11:03 AM

Mind blowing acorns! I like that, too. Oak trees are just fabulous, although I have hardly met any tree I did not like.

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JanetJenson wrote on August 25, 2014, 11:08 AM

Last week my friend's grandkid went ape over a couple tiny acorns she found on the ground. Oh, this could become a post.