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Monday, December 03, 2007

In a Spruce, Darkly

Our blue spruce in 2006, alight for the holidaysIt's just after midnight. Do you know where your life partner is? Mine's up a tree ... the 45-foot-tall blue spruce in our front yard. It's way taller than our house. What's he doing? Obsessively finishing what he started yesterday, same as he can be found doing in early December every year.

Me? I'm going to go to bed and try to avoid having nightmares of him falling out of the spruce. I expect that I'll still be worrying about him in that tree for 20 more years. He's 46 now and still climbing like a monkey. My hair's already mostly gray and can't get too much grayer. Maybe the worrying will make it fall out completely. If you should ever encounter a bald woman with a balding, bearded monkey of a mate, that'll be us.


Unknown said...

I would be freaking right out! But the tree is beautiful.

Stephanie E. said...

Umm...freaking out. Yes. Freaking out would be my MO too. How long, total, does it take him to complete this daunting, gorgeous task?

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Decorating the spruce usually takes him two full days. He often chooses to start working on it during the long Thanksgiving weekend, but not this year, because Thanksgiving came so early.

And besides the spruce, there are the Christmas boughs to hang along the eaves. Those, he can finish in less than a day.

He did the boughs Saturday. He'll finish the spruce tomorrow, because he won't be working.

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