Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Audacity of Growth

While trimming the Mulberry Tree, which has the great audacity to grow into the overhanging power lines each and every year, I noticed the rope that we had looped around a branch last spring.  The kids have used it as a Tarzan Swinging Vine, a step up into the tree, a swing and the always popular "whip my sibling tool of death." 

It is a good rope that began its' life as a rope for toddlers at church to hold onto as they walk from the classroom to the playground.  The tree had grown around this wonderful rope and here I stood, chainsaw in hand. I had no choice.

So I began, small surgical cuts, holding my breath, as I began to free this valiant captive of uncontrolled growth and mischievous mulberryness.  Little by little, slowly, carefully until at the end I carefully peeled back the small pieces remaining and released the rope.  The rope is still there waiting for tomorrow, waiting for the kids to come back outside and play.

1 comment:

  1. Good job! I'm glad the only limbs cut were the trees!

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