Friday, July 30, 2010

The Great Tree Finger Debate.

I need your help. My parents have been having a friendly little dispute over a topographical landmark on their property. Specifically, this tree:

My mother, gentle soul that she is, believes this tree looks like someone holding up his pointer finger in the ubiquitous We Are #1 way.  You know, like this:
In her mind, you could dye it Gold & Blue and it would become a living representation of a foam finger. Therefore, she is all for letting the overgrown topiary continue on in its current state to stand as a testament to their Mountaineer Pride.

My father, on the other hand, insists that it is actually Mother Nature flipping him the bird. This belief stems from his constant battle to keep that nicely mown meadow from being overtaken by weeds while the universe laughs in his face at the futility of the endeavor.It comes as no surprise then that dad wants to climb up there and cut the sucker down. I'm sure some of you think that a true lady wouldn't stoop to such crude measures, but after the 16 feet of snow and 110° days we've had I'm not sure Mother Nature fits that category anyway.

 So now you want to know what I think? Ha! I learned long ago it's best to remain publicly neutral in these little spousal squabbles my parents engage in.  But, if you really want to know where I stand, meet me behind Starbucks at 7:23AM wearing something blue, and I'll whisper it in your ear. Or you could email me. That would work too I guess.

So whose side will you take in the Great Tree Finger Debate? Would it help to see another picture?
Remember, the fate of a living thing lies in the balance. Is it

A: Totally a Mountaineer #1
B: Mother Nature--she ain't no lady
C: Dude, it's just a tree.


  1. for me it depends on which thing i'm trying to see..i can see both! haha.

  2. I can definitely understand both of their opinions. I prefer to think of it like your mother does- we're number 1! Let the poor tree live!

  3. I hate to say it but...

    Mother Nature ain't no lady.

    I guess my soul is not as pure as your mothers because I definitely think that tree is giving you the bird! lol

  4. My mother is so happy that the majority of you are siding with her. I dare say she gloats a bit to dad about it frequently. :-)