Another story from my open house and OFFICIAL COURT REPORTERS –
1 LINDA’S TREE STORY.
2 Let me see. I have a few tree stories at our house.
3 My favorite one I told Pam was my grandfather was
4 born in Ireland. He loved trees. Loved planting
5 trees. And I said he loved planting trees at six in
6 the morning in our back yard, especially in my Dad’s
7 back yard. We used to laugh that we could hear like
8 his shovel in the back yard. And we said jokingly
9 that you could hear the wind from my Dad’s door
10 opening, my parents’ bedroom door opening, and a gust
11 of wind that blew underneath your bed room door early
12 in the morning to kind of, like the little sounds
13 that wake you.
14 And he was running out because he knew that something
15 was going on in the back yard. And my grandfather
16 had a — what was it? Like a really — I’m trying to
17 think of the car — an Oldsmobile. And he had
18 shovels and a wheelbarrow that he could keep in his
19 trunk. And his trunk was spotless. His shovel, it
20 was like he shined them. They were as shiny as a
21 badge. They were spotless.
22 But he would come in, and his favorite tree was a
23 blue spruce. And for each of our First Communions he
24 planted a blue spruce for each one of us kids
OFFICIAL COURT REPORTERS –
1 But when we moved, all those trees stayed of course
2 in the house we grew up in.
3 So my grandfather felt inclined to kind of replant a
4 few more trees when we moved out to this house.
5 And it was actually because we’d just wake up in the
6 morning on Saturday morning. And my grandfather
7 would be doing the thing he loved, which was planting
8 trees in our back yard.
9 Without asking my Dad, he would just decide on a
10 place that he thought was best. And it was always,
11 my Dad would be, like, you know, it would be nice if
12 you could at least say you’re coming over to plant
Contributed by Linda Barrett