"Arnold and Arleen Weiner at that time were the richest people I had ever seen or heard of," Winfrey says. "I remember going to their house one time, and there were four different cars. There was a BMW. There was a Corvette. There was a Mercedes, and there was something else. And I was like,' 'Oh my God, these are the richest people I ever heard of.'"
"And I determined then that's what really rich is: being able to have six trees in your yard. That became my standard: 'I'm gonna have me a house one day with six trees.'"
Saying "this is an absolute true story," Winfrey says she was standing at the kitchen sink making coffee one day in her home in Santa Barbara, Calif., and she looked out her back window and for the first time, noticed "the six trees right in the immediate view" of the window.
"There were the six trees. I counted them, and went, 'Oh my God, there are those six trees.'"
Like a skilled preacher, Winfrey pauses to let the story breathe for a second.
"And you know what?" she asks, "Beyond those six trees are over 2,000 other trees in my front yard."
Winfrey says she started to weep when she looked at those trees that reminded her of Baltimore, and thought, "OK, there are the six trees you wanted — and hundreds and hundreds more.'"
She wept, she says, because it reminded her, "God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can.'"