Another Tree Tale

Last week’s final sentence, “The backyard has more mottled shade than before, but hopefully the next wild wind that blows in our direction will slip between the branches and leave the limbs intact.” My hopes were crushed and blown away.

Saturday morning, the sun turned the thermostat to high. Slowly we strolled through the farmer’s market, collecting the ingredients for our dinner, Southwestern chopped salad. The plans called for keeping cool in the movie theater, so we were discussing where should we go for lunch before the movie. As we chatted, the room grew darker and darker. A quick look outside surprised us with a gray sky. The forecast did not include rain.

As we gathered items on the patio, the wind began to blow. The trees began to sway. The wind became more angry. It was a bully pushing the limbs back and forth. Every leaf hung on for dear life, some lost the battle and went whirling away.

We retreated to the house to watch and wait. Would the thinning be enough to withstand the power of the wind? Unfortunately the answer came when the limb came crashing to the ground. By the time the storm moved on we had broken limbs dangling, on the ground, and behind the fence.

This was the largest limb that fell.

This was the largest limb that fell.

The sun boldly appeared as we squished through the grass to assess the damage. Immediately the chopping tools were brought out. Basket after basket was filled with chopped branches.

Ten baskets were filled and brought to the recycling center.

Ten baskets were filled and brought to the recycling center.

 

 

 

 

 

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” was certainly true this day. Did we even dream that we’d be chopping limbs? No way!

We did make it to the movie, a much later showing than originally planned. And yes, the

Another before and after of this poor beaten tree.

Another before and after of this poor beaten tree.

Southwest chopped salad was delicious.

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17 thoughts on “Another Tree Tale

  1. Tam says:

    Your writing is so delicious. I felt like I was right there during the storm. Love trees, too. So many trees around here have met their demise.

  2. WoW!
    “The wind became more angry. It was a bully pushing the limbs back and forth. Every leaf hung on for dear life, some lost the battle and went whirling away.”

    Such a great description of perseverance in the face of adversity! A lesson for us all!

  3. I really want to use this post as a mentor text for my students. Your descriptions are so powerful and I love the words that you chose-you painted such a vivid picture with your words.

  4. Judy C. says:

    Standing strong and stately. It outlasted yet another bout with nature. So glad that it was only a few branches and not the whole tree. Hope you enjoyed a good movie.

  5. I love your word choice with this slice. Squishing and bully and whirling. What great words and powerful pictures you created. I might have to steal your idea of laundry baskets for leaf removal. Genius!

  6. I’m excited that it’s still standing, resolute in the face of trials and difficulty. There may be another slice or two left for that tree to share.

  7. Maybe those branches needed to come down too….well, at least that is a way to look at it. You have a strong tree and it seems determined to win the fight with the wind. We worry when it gets really windy here as we have about 15 huge maple trees…so far we have been fortunate. šŸ™‚

  8. The fact that it is still standing proves how strong and determined that tree. It went up against Mother Nature and despite some battle scars still stands proud.

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