Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I know exactly what you mean. Our neighbors had two gorgeous cottonwood trees (the kind that don't spread the messy cotton), which are my very favorite tree. Their backyard joins ours, so the trees were a daily sight. They are an oddity in the city, but so common where grew up. The sound of them rustling in the wind is my very favorite nature sound. Two years ago we watched three men come and cut them down over a whole day. Listening to their mulcher chop, chop, chop them up. I was surprised at how sad I was. Who knew you could love a tree?!


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm so sorry about those cotton trees--ugh. I hate seeing that. There's probably a small handful of trees I've really loved my whole life, and this school tree was one of them.


Slouching_Mom's picture Slouching_Mom

That's awful. Just awful.

This was so beautifully written.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks, S.M. I'm still sad about that tree.


Cara's picture Cara

This touching post reminded me of a beautiful book written about a child who loves and loses a tree -- a loss of innocence, indeed:
http://www.funbrain.com/books/tesstree/TessTree.html


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much, Cara, for the link! I'll check it out later with T.


the_tars's picture the_tars

How very sad. I'm sorry, A.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks...