In our front yard is a single tree. It is large and beautiful, and leaning. For some reason this tree grew away from the sun and is tilted towards my neighbor's driveway. It must come down.
Yesterday, in the bit of time between rain showers, I cut a few branches off the tree. They were not small. I used my parent's pole saw to reach up and catch a branch, the pole saw wiggling its way along. It isn't an easy thing using one of those. They are long and unwieldly and I have a huge blister to show for it.
Down came the branches, one by one, into a pile at the base of the tree. Immediately sunlight cast itself upon the garden and I knew I had made the right choice of branches. The only problem now is that the tree appears to be leaning more. I know it isn't, but the lack of a few branches on one side make it appear as though the slightest breeze will topple it. I am sad.
This tree has shaded our home long before we were here. It has rocked many baby birds to sleep in its branches, been a playground for dozens of squirrels and cooled us in the summer. I will miss this tree.
When my brother comes to visit the tree will come down. In its place will be planted fruit trees, four of them. Two apple and two pear that will grow and provide us with sustenance. Blueberry bushes will be planted along the edge of the property and, if I can convince my husband, a fig or two. I love figs.
The tree will serve another purpose, becoming firewood to warm my parent's home in the winter. It is a worthy end for something that has served us so well through the years.
Goodbye, faithful Tree.
PS- I am still in need of two more Pay It Forward players. Isn't there someone who wants to join in on the fun?