|Since the beginning of human history children have represented the future hopes of every generation. They are filled with promise and potential. It is as if all’s right with the world when children are playing and healthy. We choose the Rocking Horse as our symbol for children because it is such an iconic symbol of youth. Children swing a leg over the tiny saddle with such enthusiasm and expectation. They believe they will soon be galloping – breathless – over the meadows, chasing the Sun as it sets.
By carving the Rocking Horse on the Hope Tree, we intend it as a reminder to look to the future with the breathless joy of child. Let us approach this task of healing with a child’s unquestioning innocence and trust that all will be well.