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(AP)   Man cares for Maine's largest elm tree since 1956, until it died 2 years ago. When his "turn came" at 103, he's buried in a casket made from its wood   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 73
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2012-05-15 04:15:19 AM
 
2012-05-15 04:21:21 AM

Jirafa: /maybe they were waiting for the perfect moment to tell him and waited just a smidgen too long


So totally depressing, and yet the best realistic explanation too.
 
2012-05-15 05:26:12 AM
Druids are cool like that.
 
2012-05-15 05:58:26 AM

BuckTurgidson: Hoom.



At 103 death was not being hasty.
 
2012-05-15 06:02:48 AM
Elm is a biatch to split. I wonder if some morels will be popping up in a couple of years nearby, though?
 
2012-05-15 06:37:08 AM
It does seem a bit odd to me that they didn't show the old guy what had to be a great bit of woodworking. I mean if Northrop/Grumman could manage to roll ole Jack Northrop in to see the B-2 then why not let one certifiably tough-ass old logger have one last sight of his old friend.

That said, I had a feeling when I first saw the story a few years ago that someone would make the old boy a final resting place from the remains of his friend. And I want to see this guitar the article mentions!!!
 
2012-05-15 07:17:55 AM
The Giving Tree was a great story. The point, for all you haters, is to see the story from the tree's point of view instead of the kid's.

Also, fark the Dutch, with their diseases and all.
 
2012-05-15 07:57:22 AM

ambassador_ahab: Wasn't there a Silverstein book called "The Giving Tree" or something like that which sort of resembles this story?


Yep

and done in one
 
2012-05-15 08:11:52 AM

TsarTom: Just came in to applaud the sappy tag use. I enjoyed it very much.


This
 
2012-05-15 08:18:04 AM
mysha:

I wonder if it was a plain plane coffin, or if it was spruced up?

FTFY.
 
2012-05-15 08:29:02 AM

ByOwlLight: Paris1127: ambassador_ahab: Wasn't there a Silverstein book called "The Giving Tree" or something like that which sort of resembles this story?

Sort of. The tree gives everything it has to the kid, who seemingly never does anything for the tree. It's debatable whether or not the boy is the tree's friend or a sort of parasite.

/good book though

Fark that book. It's awful. The kid in it is a little shiat, and he never learns. That's a shiatty moral story.


So, it made you cry too, huh?
 
2012-05-15 08:29:30 AM

RatMaster999: Saw that tree a few years ago...happened to be driving through Yarmouth, taking a more scenic route to Brunswick. Dad pointed it out to me. The street where his grandparents lived had been lined with elms until they were wiped out.


All the hemlock in the state have been wiped out too, by some imported Asian aphid.

/I has a sad.
 
2012-05-15 08:49:16 AM

ChubbyTiger: T
Also, fark the Dutch, with their diseases and all.


Came to say this.
 
2012-05-15 08:57:09 AM
At no point in TFA are we told how big this huge tree was. No mention of height, girth, etc.

WTF?
 
2012-05-15 09:07:37 AM

Isuelde: ByOwlLight: Fark that book. It's awful. The kid in it is a little shiat, and he never learns. That's a shiatty moral story.

I always interpreted the story as a sort of allegory for parenthood or society; the joy is in the giving, in seeing children grow up. The kid never learns, and always takes, to illustrate both how rarely we appreciate the gifts we have been given and how sometimes the giving - seeing something you have helped create grow and flourish - is reward enough.


This, plus the kids will read it and say, but how come he never gives anything to the tree? And then look at his parents and say, "I'm not going to be like that selfish shiatbag in the Giving Tree. I'm going to be grateful for my motherfarking parents."


At least that's what my kids said.
 
2012-05-15 09:09:52 AM
Wood night, wood man.
 
2012-05-15 09:28:12 AM

John Buck 41: At no point in TFA are we told how big this huge tree was. No mention of height, girth, etc.

WTF?


so size matters then?
 
2012-05-15 10:01:30 AM

TsarTom: Just came in to applaud the sappy tag use. I enjoyed it very much.


Seconding this sentiment.
 
2012-05-15 10:01:39 AM

TsarTom: Just came in to applaud the sappy tag use. I enjoyed it very much.


This. Nice job, subby!
 
2012-05-15 10:19:34 AM
I am planning on doing the same thing with my children.
 
2012-05-15 11:30:34 AM

italie: Damn sawdust in my eye.


Same thing happened to me.
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nickerj1: Why is "turn came" in quotes in the headline? If you're quoting the euphemism for death, wouldn't you just be quoting "turn"?


Hey yeah, you're right! I missed that too.

"It's been a beautiful tree. I'm sorry to see it go. But nothing is forever," Knight said. "It's pretty near my turn. And it's just a fact of life that life is going to end. And that's for people, for trees, for everything. I thank the good Lord every day that we had him [i.e. the tree] in his glory and beauty for so long."
 
2012-05-15 12:03:20 PM
Becksvoort's a fairly big name in the custom furniture business. I'd kill to have a casket made by him . . . wait . . . that doesn't sound right . . .
 
2012-05-15 07:32:52 PM

Rozotorical: I am planning on doing the same thing with my children.


Chopping off their diseased limbs until they die, then burying yourself in a casket made of their bodies?

Sounds legit.
 
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