Five years ago, I wrote this blog post about a tree on our property.
I see this tree all day long while I’m working. This tree is like the ocean. In the summer when it is full green and the wind is blowing, it is absolutely mesmerizing to watch it. I have never loved a tree before, but I love this tree.
Two summers later, I was on the phone during a thunderstorm, with Don Smith from Microsoft’s Patterns and Practices group (who is sure to remember this incident), when lightning struck our house. The next day, I discovered that it had also struck the tree.
Over the next few years, half of the tree was clearly dead. This past summer, the other half succumbed as well. We knew it was a goner but even barren, it was still beautiful. However, it had become a liability because, though the tree was might and strong even when dead, its huge branches were coming down when we had big winds.
So today, Rich finally did the deed and cut the tree down. It’s funny to be sad about a tree. And i will provide a LOT of fuel for us since we are getting a wood stove soon. But still, it was a thing of beauty.
And deserving of one last blog post.
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