This is a post originally published in 2011 on one of my old blogs.
FRANCIE NOLAN TREES
There are several “Francie Nolan” trees outside my window. Oh, that
is not their official, botanical name. It is what I call them because that
is the species of tree Betty Smith used to symbolize Francie Nolan in
“A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.”
Sometimes, when I look at those trees, I imagine that they are
palm trees on a tropical island. And, in fact, they are on an island.
After all, Brooklyn is, geographically, a part of Long Island.