Last year, around this time, my family welcomed into the world a baby Christmas tree, and I promised to love and cherish it as long as I could (see here for that post). Well, as circumstances would have it, “as long as I could” was not very long, and the tree started dying on me and I couldn’t figure out how to revive it. It began to attract tiny little flying bugs and I decided I would have to throw it in the garbage and start over some other year with a new tree. So I took the long walk to the dumpster behind my building, and, as fate would have it, on my way to the dumpster, as rarely happens, I bumped into someone- I bumped into one person only, and, as further fate would have it, this one person happens to be a notorious plant tender that lives in our building- a real indoor farming aficionado and a really enthusiastic guy in general. He asked where I was going with the tree and I told him the story, and he seemed very upset and almost hurt (which I understand now as being the product of someone else trying out his favorite hobby and not taking to it so well). He offered to take in the tree and care for it, to rehabilitate it, and to find me the next Christmas season and give me the tree back. I took his offer, for how could I refuse? What else should I have done- thrown out the tree? Surely no caring farmer would do such a thing as that!
Skip almost one year into the future, and you will find me looking forward to a second Christmas with my young family, and wondering if I will be receiving our tree back for the season! I wonder how big the tree is now, if he was able to revive it, though I have little doubt as to his skills- I have heard good things about him as a farmer, he’s an older gentleman who has been doing such tending for a long time (and he did assure me, at one point during the past year, that the tree had grown hundreds of feet tall (he has quite the bubbly sense of humor and is a real pleasurable person to talk with)).
So we will see; I wait for any news. If he does in fact return it, I hope I can take care of it into the future as it is meant to be taken care of.
Anyways, happy holidays!