This old giant maple tree has stood on our land in the shed yard for well over half a century. Our great-grandfather planted it when he owned the property, and for many years it shaded the large barn that stood across the way from it. We girls used to play in this maple all the time since it was one of the easiest trees to get into, even though because of its structure it was impossible to climb very high. Once we even boosted our dog General up into it! Several times we have tapped it for maple sap too.
Last summer, we noticed that it was dying, so our dad and brother started to cut it down. Because of the soybeans, they could only cut part of it; and, after it dried for a few weeks, Dad showed us girls how to split the larger logs into firewood using a wood splitter. We found several large pale yellow worms or grubs (we tried not to look at them too closely!).
This past Saturday, our dad and brother finished it off. It didn’t take long for it to crash to the ground, and now there is a nice stack of firewood waiting to be split and an even bigger stack of sticks to be burned!
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~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle