Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree is surely an analogy of this truth (but don’t call him surely). One of my favorite books for children, I looked for it in my bookcase only to discover that it is packed away with my teacher treasures—as it should be.
Like the mysterious feminine, the tree sacrificially gives her boy whatever he desires, yet always has what is needed as the boy travels through the seasons of life. As she gives, she changes form, but her true identity remains intact; her only wish is that the boy would come and play.
If you’ve never had the privilege of reading this book, get thee to a bookstore, buy it and read it to yourself then look for the first opportunity to read it to a child. Repeat as necessary.