A Testimonial to a Tree

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See that beautiful yellow transparent apple tree over the shed, shading our kids as they play?

We almost chopped it down the year we bought our house. That was 20+years and un-countable pies and cans of applesauce ago. We had this large tree right smack where our driveway ought to be, and it didn’t even bear fruit.

Or so we thought.

An elderly couple stopped by and asked if they could continue getting fruit from the tree. Observing our baffled looks, they explained that we had a unique tree in our yard. It was the yellow transparent apple tree and bore fruit every other year. It was the key ingredient in applesauce such as you have never tasted before.

That tree inspired us to chop, peel, and puree and even inspired this high-powered applesauce gadget. When winter winds trapped us indoors, we could pull a frozen pie out and pop it in the oven. The aroma and slightly bitter taste brought back memories of blue skies and picnics up in the branches of this beautiful flowering treasure.

Two years ago we came home from a trip to my mother-in-law’s and discovered that the tree was so heavy with fruit that a giant limb fell. It was a sad moment for all. But time went on, and the tree still showered us with enough fruit to keep us super-busy at canning time.

This Tuesday morning was pretty uneventful. My husband and I were were at my mother-in-law’s house once again while the kids held down the fort at home. The phone rang, and when I answered, my son said, “Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that we are all fine. The bad news is that the apple tree fell during the storm last night.”

That tree gifted us right to the end. It blew down in the sweet-scented pile of its own blossoms. While it could have hit cars, the neighbor’s house, our house and/or our shed with kayak and canoe on top, it didn’t. It slightly scraped the neighbor’s house (and she didn’t care at all, bless her heart), and fell without damaging anything. I took pictures just in case we needed records of this in the future then put my phone away and moved on with life.

Later in the day, my phone chirped, telling me it put together a Life Events reel. I giggled a little at the dramatic impact music the device threw upon the saga of our fallen tree. But as I reflect, I do believe the phone was right. It was a life event. That tree gave us food and beauty, drew us closer to neighbors, gave our kids a hangout spot when they were younger, shaded our yard, and it will now provide warmth for my husband’s studio this winter. Thanks, tree.

7 comments on “A Testimonial to a Tree

  1. Beautiful story! This tree really did you good.

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  2. That is very lucky and a great story. It makes me want apple pie though. Might be a good task for tomorrow.

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  3. So bitter sweet. Bye Bye Apple Tree. 😦

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  4. Rachel M says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about your tree but so happy that no-one was hurt and nothing got damaged. I’m also glad you didn’t chop it down 20 years ago. Will you plant another one?

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    • chrissiepollock says:

      We have four other apple trees and two pears–no other yellow transparents, though. I don’t think we have space to plant another.

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  5. There is nothing better than a story about a generous well lived tree. Thank you for sharing.

    The big question is will you replace it?

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    • Chrissie says:

      We will not replace it there because it was in the middle of our driveway, and the shade was making our neighbor’s house rot. But we have planted other fruit trees in the yard. Would love to have another yellow transparent someday, but they are more difficult to find.

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