09 May 2010

The Wicked Witch is dead!


Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!
Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead. She's gone where the goblins go,
Below - below - below. Yo-ho, let's open up and sing and ring the bells out.
Ding Dong' the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!

The day we moved into the house, I backed the moving truck in the driveway and the tree raked the entire length of the truck and scratched the bejezus out of it. I trimmed the tree frequently and it seemed the more I trimmed it the more the branches drooped, catching in my hair and scratching my face every time I walked under it. You might be wondering why I kept walking under it...the tree stood beside the path from our front door to the driveway; the only way out of the house. By the time I had literally sawed my way half way up the trunk, it dawned on me this was getting personal. This was war.

This spring branches dropped attacking the stop sign and knocking it over. I vowed to get even and was told because of the trees position along the road and power lines and the fact that the no longer used phone lines ran trough the branches that the removal of the tree would cost thousands. After another winter being gouged by branches, I told myself if I had to take out a loan this tree needed to DIE.

I called two arborists (hit men) and got prices for having the tree dispatched. Last week I gladly handed over the loot and watched the tree being limbed to death. Now please remember I have both a BS and MS in Environmental Science and Policy; a real tree lover but enough was enough. As the arborist cut the branches they caught and hung twisting around his arms and he couldn't get them to the ground. The tree was now fighting HIM. I remarked about it after the deed was done and he said he couldn't believe how those branches fought him!
Well, I won. The witch is dead!

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