Yeah, I know … my 2nd rant of the day. I promise to make this one short.
Today, I heard loud engine sounds from within my house, so I went to the front window to see what was happening. The street was blocked by two large pickup trucks, one with a bin-on-wheels attached, the other with some sort of large piece of equipment on a pull-along attached. The piece of equipment was running loudly, and as I watched, three men got out and started removing chain saws, rakes and leaf blowers from the trucks.
Now, last year some of you may remember, the landscapers pulled up all my sunflowers and I caught them just as they were pulling the last one. This year, my sunflowers have succumbed to autumn, but still, the birds come ‘round every day to score some seeds, and I have a profusion of cosmos and morning glories still in bloom. I was not about to turn my back and let these dudes chop down my flowers … I went out the front door (in plaid jammie bottoms and a holey t-shirt) arms akimbo, ready to do battle if they so much as even looked at my little tiny garden.
However, they were out for bigger game than my little flowers … they began by, I thought, trimming the tree at the south end of the street. They trimmed branch after branch … until it was bare, and then … they chopped it down! WHY??? Then they crossed the street and proceeded to do the same with the Asian Pear, one of two on the street that bloom so beautifully every spring. Then the next, and the next. They chopped down the tree next door … I have no idea what kind of tree it was, but it attracted a profusion of bees every year. By the time they left, there were only two trees left on our entire street.
I asked the older of the three men … “Why are you doing this? Why are you chopping down our trees?” He looked at me as if either I had two heads, or perhaps I was frothing at the mouth. Realizing that I was powerless here, my parting shot as I stomped off (being barefoot makes it hard to do a convincing stomp, but I gave it my best), was “You, sir, are a murderer and I hope your conscience keeps you awake tonight!” I should have asked him if he was related to Donald Trump or Jair Bolsonaro.
As much as we need trees, and these eejits are cutting them down for no reason! Trees provide beauty, they provide substance and shelter for bees, birds, squirrels and more. And then, there’s that little matter of trees providing much-needed oxygen!!! I am furious … and I am heart-broken. And I just felt a need to rant a bit about it. Thanks for listening, my friends!