Once a Mighty Oak

The tree company has been here and are now long gone. Worries we didn’t even know we had have been fully taken care of for us. Meaning me and my parents.

I wasn’t sure exactly what time they would be arriving this morning so I was up before seven. It seems odd sleeping that long as I haven’t forgotten those mornings when I was hearing that alarm at four waking me for work. For me now,seven in the morning is plenty early for me to rise and make the coffee. As it was, they pulled in mom and dad’s drive to trim the limbs on a tree for them. This tree was close in size to the one they cut down for me. While they would love for the entire tree to come down, just getting the large limbs that were mostly on one side removed brought relief. As I was pulling my shoes on the phone rang. It was dad letting me know they were there. I let him know I was on my way and ended the call.

Walking the short path between the houses I found a safe spot to stand and observe. I knew the blueberry bushes would suffer from dropped limbs, I simply hoped the damage wouldn’t be too bad. I knew the bushes would grow back as right now it is mostly a mass collection of bushes growing together and not one single bush. So I said nothing about them and let the limbs fall where they may. I was careful to make sure that dad remained close to if not inside the house. When a great nephew and niece wandered over I made sure they stayed away from the work being done. Curiosity can be a dangerous thing.

I watched as they took care in following safety protocols and also did the best they could to protect my parent’s yard. I watched as the owner directed  his crew members from nearby while handling meetings via phone calls and texts. In a moment caught  between calls and instructions I was able to talk with him. While we chatted about the tree they were working on the rest of the crew showed up with the machinery to clear away the large chunks of wood in my drive.  My son came in for lunch about that time. After watching them move the wood for a moment he said that was cheating then went in the house for his lunch. While a lot of the wood will need to be split, it has been moved and stacked out of the way. He also went behind the house and pushed the limbs they had dragged around yesterday further down the hill. When he finished there, he went down to clean up at my parent’s house.

After they moved the brush and stacked the burnable wood they prepared to move on to the next assignment. It seems the storms that circled and moved around us yesterday did damage in other places and they have quite a few trees in need of their attention. In celebration of finally getting this done, I’m going to see if I have enough change in the jar to purchase a plant to place  inside that hollow stump. Come next Spring I may look about and see if I can find the stuff to create a Fairy or gnome  village around the base of the stump. It bothers me not that its there, stumps have character all their own. Just like people.

This is just a few feet off my driveway. That is my parent’s house in the distance. That is how close we live to each other.
Trimming limbs

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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8 Responses to Once a Mighty Oak

  1. John says:

    That tree was rotten all the way up the trunk apparently, even I’m glad that it has been taken down! 😂 My mother used to plant things on the old stumps around the yard too, they are great for that. Have lots of fun splitting that wood!

  2. What a blessing to have all that firewood now! 🙂

    • Oh I know and I am so very thankful. I need to get busy getting it split but that all depends on my son’s work schedule. Kind of stinks to not have a network of friends that would be able to help but ah well, it will get done.

  3. leendadll says:

    Wait… what stump??
    I want a fairie garden but it would just get eatted or stolen.

    • Mine would be somewhat safer because of location. The stump is outside the fence away from the dogs but it is close enough to the house that no one has a reason to be down here. Now, the colony does go around to the front of the house after dark so they may see it as a new play ground. Time will tell on that one.

  4. Re-Farmer says:

    I totally understand that feeling of relief! We had several trees cut away from the roof and the power lines to the house. It’s been about 3 years, and I still feel that sense of relief, every time we have high winds. What a weight off the shoulders!

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