Monday, February 8, 2010

Free Association

At first I thought the sign said Tree and I wondered ... was this some sort of plein air organic sculpture exhibit? Then I realized it said Free, and I thought why on earth would anyone want a free tree stump? Maybe it was meant to be a deeper message. Maybe it was pointing out that in death the spirit of the tree is finally free? Or maybe it was some kind of political statement -- free our land! Free our wild spaces! Free our trees from senseless chopping! Or maybe it was a homespun sort of commentary, you know, the best things in life are free?

I thought about it all day.

(I think too much.)

14 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

I prefer associations where you can join for free. Especially, food eating organizations.

Shanna said...

Sometimes a tree has to be removed and cut. Ouch! But I love your interpretations, Laurie.

I had to have one of my gorgeous ones taken out at my cabin at Lake Arrowhesd due to the pine bark beetles. We brought back a stump (a what?) and have it out front.

They make great plant stands or tables or can be carved into sculptures.

BY THE WAY: I'm back on my Blog. Paintings are started and I have lots of new photos from the recent SKIES. So, stop by!

Judy Williams said...

I think it was simple: if you want a tree stump to carve or use, it's free.

POWER TO THE TREE STUMPS! (right on)

dbdubya said...

You must not have a fireplace - it's simple. Someone dropped off a bunch of cut wood and was making it available to whomever wanted it for firewood. By the time you saw it, most of the smaller pieces were gone leaving these big pieces which need splitting.

Yakpate said...

Word to cat owners... there is no better scratching post on earth than a tree stump.

Providing the stump isn't so heavy that it endangers the floorboards in your home, it is a sure-fire way to eliminate scratch-marking on your furniture.

Laurie said...

I was just kidding, guys. I really DID understand what the sign meant... :-)

Wayne said...

Hours of great whittlin' in one of those stumps.

dbdubya said...

Whew! I'm relieved to know you understand why the logs were there, Laurie. I was beginning to worry that perhaps you do think too much. When my kids were young I used to embarrass them by stopping by houses with trees knocked down in a windstorm to see if they'd let me have some of the wood if I cut it up. "Oh Dad, not again!" But, I never have had to buy firewood.

WV: sorsore - how you feel after splitting a bunch of firewood.

Mike said...

I hate it when that happens!

This is funny Laurie. Plus, the headline is excellent.

TheChieftess said...

Love that free wood!!!

Mister Earl said...

Chieftess said "wood"!

WV:dangumsa. An expression of frustration used in the South.

TheChieftess said...

Well, dangumsa...I rather like this one...has a nice ring to it!!!

Laurie said...

Thanks, wonderful people. I'm still chuckling over Wayne and his whittling.

Until tomorrow!

altadenahiker said...

Hah! I like the way you think.