BRANCHING OUT Next to his oak, Brantley Payne holds a copy of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. Both the book and the tree were gifts from St. Martin’s Episcopal Preschool nine years ago. (Photo: lawellphoto.com)
The tree was so small at the time, it looked like a twig.
THE APPLE DOES NOT FALL FAR Brantley Payne and his mother, Mary Majors Payne, have watched Brantley’s tree grow from a tiny sapling over nine years. (Photo: lawellphoto.com)