Lydster: acorn turns into an oak tree

trimming trees

I was musing to my wife that sometimes it’s difficult to hit on a topic for a blog. “It’s not as though you can write, ‘An acorn turns into an oak tree.’ Where’s the narrative?”

My wife says, “You know that oak tree that’s in the backyard?” It would be difficult not to. It’s about a meter from the fence. Our absentee landlord neighbor complains about the occasional branch that falls into his yard. And I’m sure that he’s annoyed by the leaves he has to rake every autumn.

“That tree began the year that our daughter was born.” Huh. I did not remember that. Some squirrel undoubtedly got an acorn from somewhere else but dropped it onto our lawn. Now it’s the largest tree in our yard, bigger than the spruce and maple. That’s not unlike the fact that our daughter is now taller than her parents are. The little acorn we had is becoming a mighty oak.

About five years ago, my wife called a tree service to trim back the older trees. She asked the guy if he thought the oak tree also needed tending. He said, rather effusively, “Oh, no. Let it grow freely.” NOW, all of them need to be cut back, lest they interfere with some low-hanging wires.


Here’s an odd thing. My daughter and I often communicate on Facebook Messenger even when she’s IN THE HOUSE. And it’s not, “I’m home” or “You’ve got mail.” The discussions are usually some sort of philosophical treatise. Would she become lazy if she could take advantage of nepotism? Or a bizarre conversation comparing Jerry Maguire with Jerry Seinfeld.

Texting is not my preferred method of communication. I prefer to talk. It’s mostly because I’m more likely to mistype what I meant, which confuses her. But one must meet people where they are, and for her, it’s on the cellphone.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

4 thoughts on “Lydster: acorn turns into an oak tree”

  1. Yes, your little acorn is growing into a mighty oak! Great analogy for that wonderful, tall, beautiful, talented and smart individual! So proud of her! Know that the sky is the limit for your acorn!👍🏽🥳 Well done, parents! 🙏🏼👍🏽💕🌷🎶

  2. Wonderful post, Roger!!
    Congratulations to you and your wife on the commencement 🎓 of your “acorn👩🏻‍🎓”.
    And to YOU, for realizing “we need to meet them where they are.” Good job, Dad!

  3. Do oak trees grow that quickly? Wow!

    I’m still unsure of how our kids got to their respective ages…seems to me they went from 9 to adult in three days….

  4. Lately, I’ve been finding oak sprouts around our house, thanks to squirrels and other creatures. Depending on where they are, I’m letting them grow. An oak grove would be a happy legacy.

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