Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Tickle Tree

My childhood pack of buddies centered on three brothers whose mother kept the show sane and balanced. When she realized an ordinary Christmas tree with its fragile glass ornaments lasted ten minutes in the hands of her two year old, Maggie switched to blue spruce with its needle-sharp leaves. My own son gave blue spruce the name in the title.

Spruce proved good at repelling my family's rambunctious Siamese kitten some years later.The cats are an arboreal guardian breed developed to patrol the roof beams of temples. 

Spruce is easy to decorate: just stuff dried flowers into the dense branches after the lights are up -30-

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