Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Vandals!

So we have this "tree" in our front yard, a weeping birch. We inherited it from the previous owners, just one of their weird legacies. I'm no gardener but I'm told that some people graft them to standard birches to get a nice tall tree with weeping branches. Our tree is not one of those. Google also tells me that some people prune them to look like an umbrella. Us, not so much of that either. It sure wouldn't be our first choice of tree, but who wants to kill a perfectly healthy tree just because it doesn't know that the sun is UP THERE (yes, yes, who would know where the sun is in Seattle, blah blah)? Every year we talk about killing it and replacing it with a normal cherry tree, maybe a nice Japanese maple, and every year we don't because then it gets these nice little leaves and looks perky, kind of, in its backwards way. The little tree that could.




Now you know how, like, you can make fun of your own partner (when he sets the table he just puts plates down! No forks! I want to scream!) but no one else better? (That's my man you're talking about? I've so never said that out loud.)

That's kind of how I feel about this tree now, after our recent vandalism.



She's kind of charming, no? I think the anonymous chalk peanut gallery just makes her look more dignified.

20 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

This is incredibly funny.

JCK said...

Funny. Yet painful. I worry for the tree's self-esteem.

wheelsonthebus said...

I needed that this morning!

smalltownmom said...

It reminds me of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. It just needs a little love.

apathy lounge said...

We're not laughing AT the tree. We're laughing WITH the tree.

Mama Goose said...

HAhahaha! Poor thing.

Melissa said...

I think you need to get your own chalk and write a retort next to it.

Cori@SAHMbles said...

Poor tree, sad tree, I don't know what to say. LOL

Mrs. G. said...

That it one pathetic, tenacious tree. Clearly it doesn't know that it should be growing UP.

Vanessa said...

Oh that's just mean! Poor tree, maybe you could play soothing music for it? Plants really do like music and it makes a difference in the growth. I'm not kidding!

MamaBird said...

You know, it's just a tree living outside of the box. It probably lets those kind of comments just roll right off its leaves.... Love it.

the end of motherhood said...

You definitely have a better class of vandals than we do.

Mary Alice said...

snort. Confused? I love it.

Janet said...

I love that your "vandals" had a bit of wit :-)

stephanie (bad mom) said...

You're so right about nobody else being allowed to criticize. I'm totally on the tree's side now; stupid vandals, shut up!

I agree with Smalltownmom; it's waiting for Charlie Brown (or you :)) to appreciate its weirdness...

ellen said...

How about conflicted? I think she just needs a little boost, perhaps a big stake for support, until she gets back on her "feet", so to speak.

ophelia rising said...

I just LOVE that tree. Go, maverick tree, go! Grow however you want to.

lapoflux said...

poor tree... she's just different :-)

Childlife said...

Oh, LOL! :D

Give her a break people -- she's doing what she's supposed to -- she's a weeping willow, for cryin' out loud ;)

Manager Mom said...

We had a little cherry tree in our front yard that was almost dead when we moved in. That same spring, my daughter was born a preemie. The two branches left on the tree bloomed the day I broght her home in April.

Everyone told us to cut down the tree but I would not allow it. And she is 7 now, bright and beautiful, and the tree is bushy and full and still blooms on her birthday...