Peter (bigpeteb) wrote,
Peter
bigpeteb

Random recollection

One day (a few years ago, I think it was) I was talking to my dad on the phone. He related a story from the week. One of the pine trees behind the pool was dead, so he went to cut it down. Once he had felled it, he realized that he had cut down the wrong tree. He said his hands were shaking when he realized what he'd just done.

At the time I kind of laughed at it a bit, because that's what sons do, laugh at their dads' absent-mindedness. And I was sort of laughing at him for being so broken up about cutting down a tree. At the same time, though, I felt bad; without meaning to he'd cut down a perfectly healthy, living tree. I hate to say it but I think if I'd done that my hands would have been shaking, too.
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