Walk four or five blocks in any direction and you will suddenly stumble upon a large selection of Christmas trees. This city can be so brilliantly convenient.
A 10 year-old girl named Ava, who must be from some cute woodsy place like Vermont or New Hampshire, will gleefully bound over to you and start describing the the variety of trees available.
Is it legal for a 10 year-old to sell trees? I’m not so sure but I can’t let these so-called child labor laws ruin my holiday merriment. Ok, I am not overflowing with Christmas cheer this year but I am hoping a tree will kick start the joy.
“How much is this one?” I ask Ava.
“Oh that’s 60 dollars.” she responds.
“Ok. I’ll take it.”
I don’t even try to barter. I can’t nickel and dime this sweet girl who probably has dreams of starting her own tree farm someday.
“So Ava, where are you from anyway? Up North?” I ask.
“Oh I just live across the street. They hire me every year to help sell trees.”
Damn city kids.
If you haven’t yet stomped away in disgust for being outsmarted by a darling elementary school kid, Ava will then wrap up your tree and even saw off the extra branches.
Should a 10 year-old really be using a saw?
My dad, Dylan and I drag the tree home (although free delivery is available) and we attempt to place the tree in the stand. But the stump is too darn fat.
Apparently, 10 year-olds totally suck at sawing trees.
So I get down on my knees and do it myself.
Oh, I didn’t realize Rick was taking pictures. Ok, I made my dad do it.
Should a 65 year-old man really be using a saw?
At least he’s not wearing his fancy tracksuit. I don’t want to be responsible for the demise of my dad’s favorite threads.
Finally, my daughters did some decorating, mostly focusing on the lower right hand quadrant of the tree.
I’m not sure what that piece of red cardboard is all about… but I think it’s yuletide edgy.
mama bird notes:
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