I remember once in college, or maybe even high school being in the same room when the movie Caddyshack was on TV. A classic movie of 1980 and one I really didn’t pay much attention to. All I remember is that my brothers, along with most of the other males in my life, loved this sport movie cult classic and would often quote lines from Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield and then laugh uncontrollably about the silly little gopher that tormented Bill Murray on the golf course.
I never really got it.
Last weekend Tom and I decided to add some more pom-pom yarn (the same yarn that my girls decorated their rooms with) to the girl’s tree. This tree is very special to us for obvious reasons and I would like to say that we have taken ownership of it, if you can say that about a tree. My girls spent their last moments on earth playing in this trees leaves. They went to Jesus under this tree. It’s by this tree that I can hear their whispers in the form of the wind blowing through pinwheels. We have decorated this tree with pom-pom yarn, cut out hearts and love notes to my sweet girls in Heaven. Each night I light candles at the base of this tree in honor of my girls and the life they lead.
This tree is very much a part of our life and I think it’s safe to say it always will be.
So, last weekend Tom and I decided that we needed to wrap the pom-pom yarn all the way up to the first branch. This required some teamwork and a ladder. Tom had the great idea that we should throw the yarn over the lowest branch (which was pretty high up) and to do so he had to stand on the ladder. We bickered back and forth, me thinking he was going to fall and Tom thinking the girls would love the fact he was getting it up there so high. I agreed with his thought about the girls and we wrapped the yarn real tight around the tree and branch. It was very important for me that the yarn was wrapped tight, I didn’t want any of it sagging.
I really liked how it turned out and I looked forward to cutting out more hearts and tucking them up high into the yarn. There is still lots of work to do around the tree, I like to think it’s a work in progress.
What does Caddyshack and the girl’s tree have anything to do with one another?
It seems that there is a bit of a bandit loose and this bandit, aka Stanley the Squirrel, has been gnawing through my tight pom-pom yarn. At first I thought someone might have cut the yarn making it loose and hang down but, upon investigation, I realized that it must have been an animal of sorts. That little pest, I couldn’t believe he was ruining our beautifully wrapped yarn.
Shortly after recognizing that it was probably a squirrel wouldn’t you know it, one came pouncing down in front of the District Office with a giant leaf in his mouth. He stopped, stared and ran up the tree into a hole just past the last piece of yarn. He then put the leaf away in his comfy pom-pom filled home and stuck his head out. At that exact moment I thought about that little gopher in the movie Caddyshack and all of its shenanigans. I now have my own little squirrel that just made decorating the girls tree an adventure. My own Caddyshack minus the explosives.
I have not seen my little friend today. I’m hoping that he didn’t get scared, pack his bags (filled with pom-pom yarn and paper hearts) and high tail it to another tree. I sure hope he decides to stay around and help us with his own personal touches.
I have this lovely vision of Stanley resting his sweet little head on a little pink pom-pom each night. Hopefully I will be able to take a picture of him sometime. I even thought that maybe Stanley is actually Sally and maybe she’s preparing a nest so when she delivers her babies they will be nice and comfy. Wouldn’t that be sweet?
Life at Anna and Abigail’s tree, an adventure for sure!