Monday, February 25, 2013

Peach Tree Parable

My buddy Chad told me a story the other day, which I thought was pretty good & wanted to share.  

Chad's neighbor is an older fella, and he has a giant peach tree on the side of his yard.  One of the branches hangs over the fence into Chad's yard.

Mostly the peaches from the overhanging branch fell into Chad's yard or his kids would sometimes eat them.

The old neighbor didn't really like this and so one day when Chad was getting home from work, the old guy was like, "Where are my peaches?"

And Chad was like:

And the old neighbor was like, "You've been here nearly three years and you've never brought me a basket of peaches from my tree.  So what have you been doing with the peaches that hang over your yard?"

An Chad was like, "Oh.  I didn't realize we were supposed to be picking them.  They just fall onto the lawn or my kids eat them
or whatever."

And the old guy was like,

"That's called STEALING!"

And Chad was like,


So he promised to let his kids know and they wouldn't be taking the peaches anymore.

Unfortunately one day when Chad was away, the kids decided to eat the peaches. The old neighbor saw them and kind of had a fit.

 In fact he was so mad, he had the branch hanging over Chad's yard cut down.

So it looked like this:

 And when the peaches grew, the tree kind of overbalanced, since the other branch wasn't there

And it broke

 And it died

 And to this day, the old neighbor still blames Chad for killing his tree.

Bad luck old boy.

I feel I ought to apologize for letting this blog get dust on it.  I've sort of overbooked myself by working two jobs and rewriting a book(s?) and I miss the old thing.  But never fear, I'll soon be back to my regularly scheduled shenanigans!


Emily said...

This is a GREAT story. And I love Chad's face(s).

Heather said...

Hooray for karma! (And for a new blog post!)

Drew said...

Ooooold peeeeeoplllle... I would have been like, did you know that your tree is taking up my property space? That's called STEEAALLIIINNGGG! Ha ha ha, but I'm glad to see another storyboard story from you!

WASPart said...

OH YEAH!! Coolio . . . I totally dig it.

Jenilyn Collings said...

Heather, you have the best blog posts! I love it. :)

Anonymous said...

That sounds like something my grandmother would do, only more passive-aggressive than the old man was.

LinWash said...

I'm always glad to see you back. But I'm especially glad if you're rewriting a book, because I would love another book by you! Great story! Poor Chad having to put up with that man! He was so gracious.

Rose Green said...

That's sad. My in-laws live on a street where everyone's fruit hangs over everyone's fence. So the neighbors on one side get my in-laws' apricots and my in-laws get grapes growing over the fence from the other neighbors. It goes all the way up and down the street, and everyone gets along. Poor Chad. Poor tree! And poor old guy for not realizing what he's missing.

But ooooh--excited to hear of book progress!!

Aaron Ludwig said...

Good story, Sister Dixon! :D

Lilliasaid said...

And thus an important lesson was learned about the consequences of being a stingy old everyone except said meany. Sheesh.

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

What a great story with an important moral to it. I love your multiple blank stare frames of Chad's face. Awesome!

Chad Hutchings said...

HA! This is great Heather. I hope my neighbor never stumbles upon this post...or I'm really in for it.

Anonymous said...

That exact same thing happened to me once! Except the guy was young... and it was an apricot tree.
Poor Chad! Yet, it is still oddly amusing.

AinaMoraiwe said...

Poor peach tree, you were just caught in the middle!

Brooke said...

NEW BOOOOOOOOK?!?!? Can't wait!

Johanna said...

This is true, isn't it. Wow.

OrangeOctopi said...

And the moral of the story is: Don't get upset about stuff that doesn't matter and that you have little-to-no control over.

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MADZ said...

SO funny!!!!!!I LOVE Chad's faces, too!!

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Heather, I love all your stories. But THIS is extra-excellent!

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