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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

So, what are you going to do with the stumps?

We just had all of our trees in our front yard chopped down a couple of weeks ago. We had one big tree in the back yard chopped too, for a total of nine trees.

The front yard consisted of several Oak and Sweet Gum trees. They were all positioned in a circle, sans one, as in an ode to Stonehenge, or some odd Indian burial ground. Tim is planning to build a front porch and these trees just didn't make it into our landscape plans. Plus, in the Fall, we were constantly being pelted by acorns or those darn sweet gum balls. You could hear them popping off any car parked in our driveway.

So we finally got them chopped down. I was able to see them chop down the big Oak in the back yard. Some dude had climbed way to the top of it and would chop a bit off, while other dudes at the bottom would pull it down. This went on for several choppings and each time a part came off, the tree -- and the dude -- would sway. No amount of money would pay me to do that job...so I think.

But knowing that ALL the trees in the front yard were going down, I just knew that we would have neighbors complain. For the most part, no one likes to see nature wiped out. These trees were here before we moved in, so in a way, the neighborhood may have felt an ownership to them. So I prepared Tim for the onslaught of neighbors, questioning our decision to remove these ancient trees. Tim, as usual, was prepared to fight. I mentioned it to my horticulturist friend (who created my landscape designs) and she simply said "Do they pay for your mortgage?"

Instead, the common question asked by two neighbors and two relatives: "What are you going to do with the stumps?"

What?

"What are you going to do with the stumps?"

Really? You care about the stumps and not the fact that eight ageless trees have been annihilated?

Okay, I didn't really say that, but I was thinking it.

It's probably just as annoying, if not more, than the idea of folks questioning our decision to chop the trees down. It is definitely the one question I hadn't anticipated.

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