I was so excited about the June release of Forever Amish, the third book in The Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, that I didn’t think anything could spoil my mood. A few days ago, I headed for the back door to dash off to my weekly writing group. Then I noticed the pruner’s truck and crew had shown up early. Suddenly, anxiety washed through me. Was I making a mistake by leaving?

Tree-PrunerI jogged down to the corner to speak to the foreman. “Promise you won’t cut down my tree,” I said, then scanned the eyes of the four other men.

“We never would.” The foreman gave his head a shake as if I had a screw loose, so I recounted a true story.

“Several years ago, up at our beach cabin, we asked Snohomish County PUD to remove branches of a gigantic maple tree that hovered close to power lines. The maple supported a three-story tree-house our sons had built and a rope swing. The guy from the county, whom we’d met before and trusted, took copious notes. However, on our next return to the island, we found the entire maple tree had been cut to a stump!” Our family was crushed.

Now I had my pruner and his crew’s attention. I added, “You can always come back and remove more, but …” No need to finish the sentence; they understood.

Tree-HouseThis photo of our sons’ tree-house was taken after an unfortunate incident (vandalism) but before it was butchered. The height of the three-story structure, fashioned of beach-found wood, made me a little nervous, but I knew boys (and their dads) enjoyed adventure. No one ever tumbled from the tree-house, however two boys did break arms falling off the rope swing. For all you mothers of boys, you’ve probably experienced a few calamities and hustled your sons to the ER for stitches or X-rays.

Back to the oak tree in our yard: All during my writing group, I envisioned the man I’d seen pruning as I drove away and imagined the worst. But I’m happy to report the men did a lovely job and no mishaps occurred. I know people who have returned to their homes to find the exterior painted the wrong color. One was stained black! And I certainly have returned from the grocery store missing an item I paid for—or thought I did. How about you? Any humorous miscommunications? How would you feel if someone cut down a favorite tree?



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