January 4, 2010

The Rest of the Story

Those who read about our Christmas Tree Caper might find the rest of the story a bit entertaining. Make sure you follow through to the end to get the punch line. Thursday I received the following note from my folks.

"Dear Kathleen, Allen and Frank:

Just a belated note to thank all of you for the lovely Christmas tree you surprised us with this year. My suspicions were raised when we first came home Sunday evening to find the front porch covered with twigs and needles, as if a whirlwind had deposited part of a pine on our doorstep. Aha, the rest of the pine was inside, standing majestically but devoid of coverings as yet.... We were practically speechless.

Your dad was so overwhelmed by the gesture he could only gaze at it and make an immediate decision where it would stand. I did not realize until that moment how much it meant to him to have a real tree. I decided from henceforth we will continue to get the traditional tannebaum for our home each year.

Undoubtedly, this was one of the largest trees we have ever had, and it decorated beautifully. But even better, the wondrous scent of pine thru the house was reward enough for its presence. Yes, we enjoyed this tree so very much. My thanks to all you thoughtful children."

But that was not the end of the story. The last laugh came the very next day when Dad called to tell me that when they woke up in the morning they discovered their cat had tried to climb the tree in the night, landing the whole mess on the floor!

And if you think that was fun, maybe some time I will tell you about the fruit cake...


  1. Sweet. :)
    And I like your headline. Great pics.

  2. Ha! Ha! Okay, Kat...now you make us WAIT for the fruitcake story!

    Reading this really made me want a real tree again. We switched to the artificial tree after Jonathan was born, for good reasons, but I miss that wonderful pine scent.

    Love you!

    P.S. Great new blog look here!

  3. Oh my... Our cat (rest his soul in kitty heaven) "climbed" the tree one year; to the demise of several breakable ornaments. It's funny after the fact....way after! lol How nice of you to give them a tree - a very special gift!

  4. Oh no! I bet that cat was a bit shocked. Ah, there's nothing like the smell of pine. Great look here Kat!

  5. Kat,
    I love the new blog look, but I am having trouble seeing the white writing on the light back ground. It is probably just me. I am to receive bifocals this week.

    Thanks for giving us the rest of the tree story and yes, now we want to know about the fruit cake.

    Blessings, hugs, and prayers,

  6. Kat,

    This was our biggest fear upon adding two new kittens to our household this year. They were always getting into things they shouldn't but managed, thankfully, to stay out of the tree!

    Can't wait to hear about the fruitcake, let me guess it's the cats favorite?

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat