Essay — Treed

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Public domain image from Pixnio of a tall tree viewed from close to the trunk looking up into the leaves
Image source: Pixnio public domain

As branches thudded to the ground, the arborist said, “It’s beginning to look like a tree.”

Of course, the tree was always a tree, and so had always looked like one, but now it conforms to neighborhood standards, through no choice of its own.

What shapes you?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at