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Trouble Tree
Posted By: Rose About Me
Posted On: 11/5/2006 9:48:51 PM

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old

farmhouse, and after he had just finished

a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made

him lose an hour of work, his electric drill

quit and his ancient one ton truck refused

to start.

While I drove him home, he sat in stony

silence. On arriving, he invited me in to

meet his family. As we walked toward the

front door, he paused briefly at a small

tree, touching the tips of the branches

with both hands.

When opening the door he underwent an

amazing transformation. His face was

wreathed in smiles and he hugged his

two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We

passed the tree and my curiosity got the

better of me. I asked him about what I had

seen him do earlier.

"Oh, that's my trouble tree," he replied. "I

know I can't help having troubles on the job,

but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't

belong in the house with my wife and the

children... So I just hang them up on the tree

every night when I come home and ask God

to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick

them up again. Funny thing is," he smiled,

"when I come out in the morning to pick 'em

up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember

hanging up the night before."

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