My husband Dave was known for some of his funny antics, including his method for getting caught items down from a tree. Years ago a frisbee got stuck in the tree while we were playing catch with my siblings. It was far out of reach so extraneous measures had to be taken. Dave immediately came to the rescue with a long stick which he threw in the tree. After a few unsuccessful tosses, the stick got caught on the frisbee in the tree. So he picked up a bigger stick, and that one managed to become entangled as well. Finally, he threw a soccer ball. And yes, that too got stuck on a nearby branch in the tree. We were never able to get that frisbee, or the soccer ball, down but it became quite the family joke.
Over the years Dave perfected his ability to successfully dislodge any object from a tree. The kids grew accustomed to seeing dad throwing anything on hand to remove their kite or balsa wood plane from the branches of a nearby tree. It got to be quite the trick and they hi were quick to say, “Don’t worry! Dad will get it down!”
The other day a tree in my yard got a haircut. I hired a crew of tree specialists to trim the dead branches to allow for healthier growth. At the end of the day, as the workers were tidying up they noticed a trimmed branch dangling down. Suddenly I see a rake being thrown into the tree, an attempt to dislodge the hanging limb. Oh my! Down came the branch along with the rake, which nearly missed another workers head! I couldn’t stop laughing at the sight.
I knew my angel Dave would be watching over this operation with admiration, but this was just one strange and laughable coincidence.
Can you believe I caught that on my camera?
Post Script: After sending the video to my son he reminded me this was not only like his dad, but also reminiscent of the book Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers, which is one of my granddaughter’s favorite books, which brings back fond memories of their Papa Dave with his silly antics.
Throughout the month of March I will be participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with the community of writers over at Two Writing Teachers. Each day I will post a draft of a story detailing a small snippet from my life. This will be my sixth year participating, and each year I marvel at all the small moments I would have missed in my life if not for this challenge. I am grateful to Stacey Shubitz, Betsy Hubbard, Beth Moore, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, Melanie Meehan, and Amy Ellerman for hosting this wonderful event!