Trees are nature’s wondrous edifices. They provide food, shelter, and shade…a place for a swing or tree house, or just a place to climb for fun or from danger. Trees make oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide and in forests and jungles–rain forests, are the engines of the planet’s climate–driving the planet’s rains.
They support the ground that would otherwise turn to mud and mayhem. The cutting down of a tree in your yard is not to be taken lightly. For whatever reason you should do so with solemn regret and respect….Does it feel pain? Will it hurt? One never knows.
On the 20th of November, our Golden Rain Tree was pitilessly trimmed and her status peremptorily changed to “mostly gone”. She is diseased and is mostly dead, but not one of us wanted to end her life–what little there is of it. Well, except for the Boy. The 20-year-old, 6 ft 4 in. callous youth took my 7 in. pruning blade and cut off all but two branches of Mostly Dead, which was, in itself, a feat of monumental proportions. The two remaining leaf-covered branches would land rather heavily onto the roof of the house, so they will remain on Mostly Dead for the time-being.
The little shade she provided after her first similar pruning, is gone now and sorely missed. Perhaps she lives in the many other rain trees in the vicinity. The felling of the trunk will require a chain saw which I am considering gifting to our naturally destructive youth, which could be a problem–a potential danger for all other trees in Florida. I hesitate to give him such power, yet he could not cut through the trunk with my pruning saw. It is a conundrum….and it will be a sad day when Mostly Dead is All Gone.
It has been a year since I began writing about Mostly Dead Tree. It was in the first post about her that I asked about the phrase “mostly dead”. Where was it first used and by whom? I asked for the name of the movie and either the name of the character in the film or the actor who played the part. No one answered. So, I will divulge it now. Drum roll, please….
The name of the movie was “The Princess Bride”, 1987. The actor in question was Billy Crystal and the character he played was “Miracle Max”. If you have never seen the film, which is a cult film, I suggest you give it a try. It is not a chick flick nor much of a children’s film. If you don’t think the film is funny, then let me know and I’ll castigate you in a post. Trust me, it’ll be fun.