Thursday, September 25, 2008
Job done, but where's the lime tree?
An old neighbor who loved to live alone became invalid. They sent him to a nursing home. A plot of ground out front used to be his garden with some trees growing alongside flowers and other bushes. One of the tree species seemed to grow so thick and fast, the front of the house almost became a jungle. The old guy's daughter came and tried to cut down the tree. She couldn't manage to remove the tree stump. She sent her husband the next day to finish the job.
He finished the job alright. He cleared off everything including a nice healthy-looking lime tree. With the job done, he went off.
Later, the daughter came around again to check. She screamed. She couldn't find the lime tree. She had wanted him to remove only the tree stump.
Moral: Be careful how you give instructions. Some people would 'just do it'.