Boys and Climbing Trees

Climbing trees

My grandsons Colton and Maddox climbing a big Pine tree out behind their dad's barber shop.
My grandsons Colton and Maddox climbing a big Pine tree out behind their dad's barber shop.
My grandson Maddox climbing the Dogwood in our front yard.
My grandson Maddox climbing the Dogwood in our front yard.

Climbing Trees Our first Challenge

Not too long ago I had opportunity to watch some men take down some huge Pine trees. The trees (three of them about 70 feet tall) were very close to my youngest son's house and he was worried one might come crashing down on his house. The tree workers who were insured contracted to take the trees down. It was amazing to watch as they climbed cutting branches off and dropping them ever so gently to the ground where they had a huge chipper and a dump truck to haul away the chips. One by one each limb was cut until they reached the last limb.

The final step was to take the entire tree down and they used a craned and ropes methodically taking each section down with ease. They followed this procedure for all three trees were safely taken down. As I watched in amazement with my grandsons at my side, I couldn't help be reminded. of the first time I climbed a tree. Living in our cotton mill village we had a baseball field compliments of the owners of the mill and there was a big white oak near the grandstand where the people from the community sat watching our industrial league baseball team play games in the summer. Although not too big around the tree seemed much larger to a six year old boy and that first limb was a good eight feet off the ground but grew outwardly and a great perch for an adventurous one such as I.

I would go down to the baseball field and look at the tree and that limb. Putting my arms around the base I soon got my courage up and shimmied up the tree without too much difficulty and found myself sitting on that first limb look over the outfield. The view was great and proud of having achieved my goal I realized that I would have to eventually get back down to the ground. I have always had a fear of heights and it seemed I was higher off the ground than I actually was.

For a time which I am certain wasn't as long as I imagined I wrestled with the options of how to get back down. In a moment of near panic, I decided jumping was the best option, at lease there was moss underneath the tree and I would get too badly hurt should I land the wrong way. Closing my eyes I jumped. My landing was a little hard but my to my delight I suffered no broken bones. I stood back and marveled at accomplishing my first big goal, climbing the white oak.

Little boys and girls for that matter seem to enjoy the challenges of climbing trees. My grandsons are always climbing in the dogwoods in my yard and I have seen our oldest eyeing the huge white oak in our back yard. I didn't get on the bus yesterday but I can imagine the thoughts going through that little head trying to come up with a way to get to that first branch because that first limb is about eight feet off the ground. As I write this I remember a tale told me about a little girl who purportedly climbed a tree on a dare and also for a lollipop.

The little girl and her playmate which happened to be a little boy were playing outside and the little girl came into the house to ask her mommy a question. "Mommy?,she said. "Tommy said he'd give me a lollipop if I would climb that tree out in our yard, can I climb the tee?" The mommy said,"Honey, No, do not climb that tree. All that little Tommy wants is to see your panties, so don't bother." A short while passed and the little girl came back into the house and to her mommy's surprise, she was licking on a big red lollipop.

"Oh, no sweetheart! Did you climb that tree anyway after what I told you." Don't worry mama, I fooled Tommy, I took my panties off."

Well there you have it. The story I must assume really did not happen and I only included it because it did strike me as humorous. As long as there are trees and little boys and girls, the challenge for a little climbing adventure will exist.It sets the tones for greater goals and accomplishments in later years.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

I'm a thirty seven year old boy tree climber! I ain't never lost the thrill of climbing up an old tree!

I can't do them pine trees though - they're usually just straight up!


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emichael 5 years ago from New Orleans

Hah...that ending made me laugh.

Climbing trees was one of me and my sister's favorite things to do as kids. There's a fascinating, primal joy that comes with it.

Great hub, Fiddleman!


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

I loved tree climbing! You never see kids climbing what trees are left in Britain, it's probably againsts Health and Safety laws anyway.

I cannot watch mature trees being murdered and cut down. I think they scream out of the range of our hearing...maybe a chemical release of pain and panic. We'll be happy one day when the planet is covered with a heaving mass of homo sapiens and all other creatures are extinct...Bob


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

The ending is so funny!

I use to love tree climbing when I was a kid, I was a real tom-boy!

I hate to see any tree being felled...

Brilliant hub thank you and voting up.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

'Boys will be boys' and tree climbing just comes natural. Voted up and beautiful my friend...


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

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Hey, Fiddleman, you were right. I DID enjoy THESE hubs also. And this one, tree climbing, what boy in America has not at one time or another came into his own by tackling an apple, pine, or even a stately oak tree? I did. And my grandson, age 8, John Gabriel, when he and his sisters are at my house, he makes for the trees I have in my front yard. I tell you, he would live in these trees if Id let him. His funniest joke is to climb really high into a tree and ask his sisters to find him. He's also got a mischevious streak in him. Fiddleman...keep up the great work. NEVER change or vary from your style. It is perfect the way it is.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

You said it all fiddleman!

your style of writing is pure and simple, and I really enjoy it.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Fiddleman, this beautiful hub reminded me of my childhood days. Tree-climbing is such a fun for little kids. As a kid, I once climbed atop a tree and it so happened that the branch I was sitting on got almost broken and hanged precariously along with me. With great effort and much time, I was successful in moving to the adjoining branch and thus saving me from a fatal fall. When I think of such dare-devilry, I get nostalgic about those carefree days. Loved reading this beautiful hub.


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Fiddleman 2 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina Author

Thanks for stopping in to read and comment on my hub. Sounds like you were a real dare devil. Best wishes!

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