I don’t know if that’s a year’s bad luck, or if that’s how it works. But stealing a Christmas tree — that can’t be a good thing, karma-wise.
~ Adrian McKinty
I am, as the title suggests, gobsmacked. Flabbergasted. Maybe a little stunned. M and I were on our way into town this morning — he to work, me to get my hair cut — when he suddenly stopped the car about three-fourth’s of the way down the driveway. Maybe it was a little more than that. He said, “Someone cut down the tree!” Being somewhat spaced out and not really paying attention, I asked, “What tree?” as I stared out his window trying to figure out what he was talking about.
There was a cedar tree, perfectly shaped for duty as a Christmas tree, at the edge of one of the meadows and within view of the road. Our road is not a busy road and I’d venture to guess that the majority of people who use it are locals because it doesn’t go anywhere that isn’t back here in The Middle of Nowhere. Someone, most likely a local (because who else would be back this way??), stopped by with a chainsaw and cut down a beautiful cedar tree, one we had planned to save when we had that meadow mowed (as we’re obliged to do as part of the conservation agreement).
I’m not sure what bothers me more. The loss of the tree or the fact that sometime in the past 24 hours someone came on to the property, WITH A CHAINSAW, and SAWED DOWN A TREE without me or M noticing it.
The missing (and presumed to now be a Christmas tree) cedar looked something like the one pictured above. It had a better shape to it and was filled in a bit more, but the height is about right. Six feet or so tall.
The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
~ William Shakespeare
I am hoping that some poor person with children who was in need of a Christmas tree this year took it. I am hoping that the family enjoys the tree, and that it brings them all much joy, peace, and many blessings. And while they enjoy the tree, I’m thinking M and I need to post our land (something we’ve been talking about doing anyhow because we don’t want hunters wandering over here and accidentally shooting one of us while we’re out for a walk), or put up a gate. Frankly, my vote is for the gate.
Be good, be kind, be loving, be well, and don’t steal trees. I will gladly give you one if you ask.
Just Be. 🙂