LETTER: Resilient tree ground down by modern life

News Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

A tree grows on Upper Kenilworth. Or it did, until earlier this week.

I’ve been rooting for this hardy specimen (pardon the pun) since it was damaged in last winter’s ice storm.

The city tried to decimate it months ago, cutting it down brutally. All that was left was part of a branch balancing on one of the overhead wires and a vast wooden disc atop the ground it once graced.

The tree wasn’t ready to die. Within weeks, it was a beautiful ball of fervent greenery, but the predators came again and gave it a buzz cut.

The tree persisted and kept putting out shoots, lime green and luscious.

Until this week, when I came upon five men, three trucks and a front-end loader, all there to deal with this maverick. I hope nature appreciated that it took such an army to deal with this persistent stump.

I asked the men about their strategy.

“We’re going to grind it down.”

A metaphor for modern life?

Penny Gumbert

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Resilient tree ground down by modern life

News Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

A tree grows on Upper Kenilworth. Or it did, until earlier this week.

I’ve been rooting for this hardy specimen (pardon the pun) since it was damaged in last winter’s ice storm.

The city tried to decimate it months ago, cutting it down brutally. All that was left was part of a branch balancing on one of the overhead wires and a vast wooden disc atop the ground it once graced.

The tree wasn’t ready to die. Within weeks, it was a beautiful ball of fervent greenery, but the predators came again and gave it a buzz cut.

The tree persisted and kept putting out shoots, lime green and luscious.

Until this week, when I came upon five men, three trucks and a front-end loader, all there to deal with this maverick. I hope nature appreciated that it took such an army to deal with this persistent stump.

I asked the men about their strategy.

“We’re going to grind it down.”

A metaphor for modern life?

Penny Gumbert

Hamilton Mountain

LETTER: Resilient tree ground down by modern life

News Sep 11, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

A tree grows on Upper Kenilworth. Or it did, until earlier this week.

I’ve been rooting for this hardy specimen (pardon the pun) since it was damaged in last winter’s ice storm.

The city tried to decimate it months ago, cutting it down brutally. All that was left was part of a branch balancing on one of the overhead wires and a vast wooden disc atop the ground it once graced.

The tree wasn’t ready to die. Within weeks, it was a beautiful ball of fervent greenery, but the predators came again and gave it a buzz cut.

The tree persisted and kept putting out shoots, lime green and luscious.

Until this week, when I came upon five men, three trucks and a front-end loader, all there to deal with this maverick. I hope nature appreciated that it took such an army to deal with this persistent stump.

I asked the men about their strategy.

“We’re going to grind it down.”

A metaphor for modern life?

Penny Gumbert

Hamilton Mountain