The cap on the acorn represents the parents who hold us and protected us until we are ready to separate and make it on our own. And the stem represents our connection to all the other oaks and acorns back over the years that brought us to this point today. Without their contributions this acorn would not exist. — Jim Cathcart.
Jim is originally from Little Rock and is a national recognized speaker and author. He often uses acorns in his talks about the potential in each and every one of us. A lot of what happens to each of us is how we care and nurture the acorn inside.
Recently I have had the opportunity to reflect on parents and grandparents and all Freudian analysis aside what an important role that is, and how much we miss them when they are gone. People all the time ask me about my father and what he did in WW2 and Korea. Truth is I don’t know much. When he first came home he didn’t talk much about the wars, and when he got older and had the time I was to “busy” to ask. I know hardly anything about his father. The only thing I know is he produced three wonderful, loving, and intelligent sons. Without his contributions I, my children, and their children would not exist.
Even if we aren’t parents and grandparents we have connections with others and represent Cathcart’s acorn stems in many current lives. Each of us matters a great deal in this connected world, and we each have a duty to nurture all those we come in contact.