In the leafy treetops
Tuesday September 10th 2013, 11:29 pm
Filed under: My Garden

It’s not a fear of heights, I told myself:  it’s an acknowledgment of matter-of-fact limitations. The balance, it is iffy. The ladder ain’t so steady itself. But hey, my nemesis and me, we’re the best of friends, right, Calvin?

And yet this evening as I was looking at that annoying big weed-tree branch that had been leafing out wildly while growing ever longer right over the top of my Fuji apple tree all summer, doing it no good whatsoever, I hauled the big orange plastic ladder thataway, climbed up to the second step in firm determination and, arms outstretched with long-handled shears, whacked away at that thing above me the best I could.

Eventually I simply climbed the third step, pulled the big limb towards me with those loppers, and then broke off one small branch after another with my hands.  Snap. Snap. Snap. Braced myself as the ladder wobbled (quickly moving the tips of those shears away. My husband as a kid fell out of a tree with pruners going into his eye socket–he totally lucked out and needed stitches only).

Sheared that thing.

I let the main snap back in place and suddenly, as I looked up at it, allowed myself at last to realize just how high up it was. How up high I was. And why I hadn’t done this all summer.

Scrambling. Done done done. Not going back up there, not anymore today, maybe not anytime soon, no sir. Done!

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Oh please! Don’t ever do that again! My heart just skipped a beat reading about you up on a ladder. So glad you are safe!

Comment by Jody 09.11.13 @ 5:36 am

And, of course, no one else was around when you pulled this stunt!

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 09.11.13 @ 7:35 am

Um… don’t you have a very tall husband? And I believe your daughter in residence is not so short either??

Comment by Channon 09.11.13 @ 7:39 am

I’m glad you’re done before you’re done in!
Plus all of the above!

Comment by Donald Meyer 09.11.13 @ 8:25 am

If you go up in that tree again, young lady, I’ll be forced to run!!!

Isn’t it odd how strongly we feel that we MUST do the exact thing that obviously should NOT? Glad you’re back on solid ground…now I’m going over here to not run for awhile now.

Comment by Pam 09.11.13 @ 11:18 am

The ground feels really good after doing something like that, doesn’t it? I know from experience!

Comment by twinsetellen 09.11.13 @ 7:13 pm

I suppose I should add to the chorus of whydidyouwhenRichardcould but I just bet the kid in you had a grand time. And there’s nothing like “I did it!”

Comment by DebbieR 09.11.13 @ 7:43 pm

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