Legend of the Pine Cone

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I recently visited my grandmother's grave - she was an amazing woman who was blessed with wealth, intelligence, passion, artistic ability and 98 incredible years of life. She lived the good life and she is STILL my favorite person. I really enjoy taking time out of my busy schedule and sitting quietly near her grave - even after death she continues to provide serenity, just thinking of her kindness is encouraging and helps to give me confidence to overcome incredible challenges. But something really odd happened this time. while I was there a pine cone dropped out of the sky and landed next to me, almost into my lap. honestly, in the ten years I've been nuturing the geraniums at her gravesite, I never noticed there was a pine cone tree overhead. I kept asking what is this message... about the pine cone. So... tonight I searched google for the pine cone story and it is EXACTLY what I needed. - here it is as found on Family Crafts Pine Cone Legend.

The Legend of the Silver Pine Cone
A Special Thank You to Pathfinder for Sharing This Legend From Germany.
There once lived a poor family without enough food to eat or enough wood for their fire. The mother decided to go into the forest to search for pine cones. She was planning to use the pine cones to build a fire for her family, and she was also hoping she could sell some of them to get money to buy food.
After walking for hours, the mother finally reached the forest and started gathering pine cones into her basket. Suddenly, she heard a voice say, "Why are you stealing my pine cones?" With that, an elf appeared beside her.
She explained her sad story to the elf. With a crooked smile, the elf said, "Go into the next forest. The pine cones there are much better."
Hesitantly, the mother set off to the next forest, which was even farther away. When she reached it, she was very tired. She leaned against a tree and sat her basket on the ground.
No sooner had she set down her basket, and dozens of pine cones started falling to the ground. Filled with renewed energy, she gathered all the pine cones into her basket and returned home.
Tired again, once she returned home, she set down the basket for a moment on her doorstep. When she looked down at the basket of pine cones, they had all turned to silver.
The family would never be poor again.
Because of this legend, many people believe that a silver pine cone is lucky. It is customary to keep one on your dresser or hearth to make sure good fortune comes your way

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