CHANGING YOUR MIND

Thinning Trees in Our Back Yard

They asked her to use paint to mark the trees she wanted to remove, and a date was set for them to return to do the work.

Anthony (Tony/Pcunix) Lawrence
2 min readOct 6, 2023

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Not our back yard Photo by Wil Stewart on Unsplash

When we bought our first home, the back yard was filled with trees. We liked trees, but we also wanted some grass for our kids to play on, so we decided to remove the trees nearest to the house and leave a few farther back for shade and perhaps a treehouse later.

The question, of course, was which trees to keep. I left that to my wife.
She called a tree service, and they soon came to look things over and give an estimate. They asked her to use paint to mark the trees she wanted to remove, and a date was set for them to return to do the work.

A few days later, my wife headed out with a spray can to select the trees to cut down. I did not get involved with this as I had no strong opinions and would have happily left it up to the tree service.

When the appointed day came, we were both at work. I worked for myself and arrived home in the early afternoon. I walked to the back yard and was shocked by what I saw.

My picture of our back yard
This picture was taken a few weeks later after hiring someone else to remove the stumps and level things off.

When my wife came home, I asked her why we had virtually no trees left. She couldn’t understand it and called the tree service. They had a long conversation, and when she hung up, she was not happy, but she did understand what happened.

She had indeed marked the trees she wanted to be cut. But then she changed her mind and painted over the X marks she had used. She then marked other trees with an X. This continued until almost every tree was marked, either with an X or a painted over X.

Unfortunately, she did not inform the tree service of her method. They, seeing paint on trees, cut down those trees. That was quite reasonable, I thought.

Two trees were unmarked. Two trees were left standing.

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Anthony (Tony/Pcunix) Lawrence

Retired Unix Consultant. I write tech and humor mostly but sometimes other things. see my Lists if your interests are specific.