Weekly Smile Week 14 #weeklysmile


The Survivor

There is a lot to smile about, isn’t there?  It has been a pretty good week.  So with all of the good things, I’m going to share a strange on this week.

There is a very steep, tree covered hill behind my house.  The woods are in the second or third growth so there are many dead trees.  Every year another one or two falls, but usually back up the hillside.  Occasionally they fall into our yard.  Just before Christmas a large oak fell into the yard.  It was over 60 feet tall, even thought the top was missing, and was standing a good 15 foot higher than the yard. It took down a lot of branches and obliterated a shrub on landing.  The wood is very heavy and was still almost 18 inches in diameter at the end, the end that smashed the shrub after falling 75 or more feet.

Also near that end is a small, decorative spruce.  The big oak grazed it without harming it.

A few weeks ago I noticed another tree about to fall.  I was worried that it was going to fall straight down, like most of them do, and land in the church parking lot – there is a church next door to my house and my property goes behind it.  I was worried it my hurt something, or worse yet, someone. As soon as the weather was nice I was going to call someone to remove it.  Tree removal can be expensive, particularly if the tree is hard to reach.

So last week the tree fell on its own.  It fell in the only direction possible to not cause damage.  Well, the little spruce was in its path.  And it landed touching the little spruce.  But the spruce is OK, not a broken twig.

So too giant oaks fall just a few months apart.  The make a giant X in my yard.  At the exact spot of the X is a little spruce.  and the spruce lived.  Its a true survivor.

I was working from home and heard the loud crash.  When I went outside to look and saw the trees crossed with the still whole spruce in the middle, I had to smile.  It was obviously meant to survive.  Oh, and my wallet smiled too since gravity did the job for me.

That was my smile this week: The Survivor.  What was yours?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The chance that the two trees fell like this are quite astronomical. I also thought the story of the little survivor was quite uplifting. It seems strange to be inspired by a tree, but I guess it proves that sometimes when the mighty have fallen the small survive.


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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Actually the chances for someone to be hurt ere small – there are cars there maybe 4 hours a week unless there is a big event, which might be once a month. But yes, very happy it it didn’t hurt anything or anyone.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The chances of it hitting something or someone in the parking lot were very slim, but it would have been much harder cleaning the mess. I don’t have a fireplace. The red-colored wood is pretty rotten, but the other tree would make great firewood. I have someone who we’re paying to cut it up and clean up the yard. If they they want the wood, they can have it.

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