LiTREEture 4: Forrest and Jenny’s tree
Welcome to Day 4 of LiTREEture here on DDoA! Today we focus on the tree on (& around) which Forrest Gump and Jenny Curran spent a lot of time together in the story of Forrest Gump.
It amazes me how trees witness a lot in our lives. If only they could speak. Boy, would they have a ton to tell. I’m sure most of you have seen Forrest Gump (if you haven’t yet please do so, you’re missing a lot). As I said trees are living witnesses and it was exactly that way in the story of Gump. Some of the most tender moments of their lives happened on or around that majestic oak tree. And this post is dedicated to those Jenny and Forrest moments around their beloved tree.
The Story of Forrest Gump
Did you know that the film starring Tom Hanks was an adaptation of the novel FORREST GUMP by Winston Groom? Read here
“The novel was adapted into a feature-length film by Paramount Pictures in 1994. The film, starring Tom Hanks, won a number of awards, including several Academy Awards, and became the fourth highest-grossing film ever, at the time. Although different from the movie, the novel was republished by Pocket Books to tie in with the release of the film.Before being made into an Academy Award winning movie, the novel sold an estimated 30,000 copies.”
The Meeting of Forrest and Jenny:
On the bus ride to school, Forrest met Jenny Curran and was instantly taken with her. “I had never seen anything so beautiful in my life,” he would later say of her, “she was like an angel.” The two became close friends, often playing around a large nearby tree. Forrest described their relationship saying, “me and Jenny goes together like peas and carrots.” from Wikipedia
Using actual lines from the film, I share with you
the Forrest and Jenny Moments ’round the oak tree’:
Forrest: …We was always together.
Jenny and me was like peas and carrots.
[Jenny is sitting on a tree branch]
Forrest:…She taught me how to climb…
Young Jenny : Come on, Forrest, you can do it.
Young Forrest: I showed her how to dangle.
She helped me learn how to read,
and I showed her how to swing.
Sometimes, we’d just sit out and wait for the stars.
Forrest : She was my most special friend. My only friend.
[referring to his friendship with Jenny]
Forrest talking to Jenny at her gravesite-
under their beloved oak tree:
“You died on a Saturday morning. And I had you placed here under our tree.
And I had that house of your father’s bulldozed to the ground.
Momma always said dyin’ was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn’t.
Little Forrest, he’s doing just fine. About to start school again soon.
I make his breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.
I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth every day.
Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He’s really good. We fish a lot.
And every night, we read a book. He’s so smart, Jenny.
You’d be so proud of him. I am.
He, uh, wrote a letter, and he says I can’t read it.
I’m not supposed to,
so I’ll just leave it here for you.
Jenny, I don’t know if Momma was right or if, if it’s Lieutenant Dan.
I don’t know if we each have a destiny,
or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I,
I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.
I miss you, Jenny.
If there’s anything you need,
I won’t be far away. “
So you may wonder
where is the real ‘Forrest and Jenny’ tree located?