Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Perfect Tree
We look for salt. It takes a salty, seaworthy tree to make it on board a boat. Many boat dwellers don't bother. They hang lights and decorate the windows, but the idea of a tree is just too rooted and frankly too difficult to bother with. But the boy wanted a tree. And "not a plastic one mommy!". So we made a list.
Wanted: a tree that can take a 35 knot gust of west wind, hold tight to ornaments when the pump out boat wakes us twice a week, and can stand all weather. Must love being out in the salt air, nosy seagulls, and chatty ducks. Must not fuss about matching or wearing anything too formal for the season. Love of travel, kids, and gnomes a plus.
We raised a few eyebrows, asking to see "the smallest tree you have please". And then giving them a few, not so polite shoves to see just how tippy they were. And then we found him... at Whole Foods of all places. He's stout, sturdy, and festive - he fits into the crew perfectly!