I was in the kitchen preparing dinner, happened to look out the window into our backyard, and was stunned by the sight of our apple tree, which had toppled over.

Toppled Apple Tree

This apple tree was a mere branch when we had it planted in the summer of 2000. It has blossomed into a big apple tree, dwarfing the two neighboring lime and peach trees .

After the initial shock passed, I decided that I wasn’t sad about this tree. I had never like this tree much. It produced a tart tasting apple that no one in the family liked to eat, but its bigger sin was producing an obscene amount of apples each year, causing rotten apples to fall all over our backyard.

I have many passions in life, but gardening is not one of them, so the over production of apple fruit was strictly the fault of the tree itself. And I believed that the weight of the apples contributed to its own demise.

This presented the perfect opportunity to get rid of it! I planned to find a tree remover to come in and haul this tree away. But someone beat me to it.

On Sunday morning, I came down the stairs and saw my husband and kids tying up their old sneakers in the backyard, with some old gardening gloves, and primitive tools.

Rusty old shovels

“What are you guys doing!?” Me

“What do you think! We are going to remove the apple tree for you.” Hubby.

I had a good laugh.

“Are you crazy? You can’t move this big tree by yourselves! You don’t even have a chain saw.” Me

“We will give it a try.” hubby.

I had not envisioned this trio for this task. But decided to let them go at it. They will see the comedy of their misplaced determination in no time.

This apple tree had me stunned a second time… By the end of the day, hubby and the kids brought the tree down completely,

Completely uprooted tree

gathered up as much of the loose apples as they could,

Huge garbage can of falling apples

chopped the tree in pieces, and moved everything out to street side in 3 big bundles for pick up.

One of three piles of cut up apple tree

They even left the hole where the roots and base of the apple tree once occupied intact, so it will be easy for me to plant that avocado tree that I have always wanted.

I feel so blessed to have such an amazing family…

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