For two years, I have been nurturing a little tree that I got as a 10-inch stick from the Audubon Society. It has been growing in a large, round tub sitting near my garage door, and last Monday evening I decided it is sturdy enough to be planted in my yard. My son-in-law offered to plant it Saturday, and we agreed on the spot for it. The little maple tree is about three feet tall and fully leafed out with bright green leaves, a good addition to my big oaks and hickories.
On Tuesday afternoon while I was not home, the little tree was taken. A man calmly drove into my driveway, lifted it into his red van and drove away. He was watched by a neighbor who thought that I must have told a friend he could have the tree.
Admittedly, a little tree is not a major loss, but I had become fond of it. I hope the man with the red van really likes trees, but my confidence in his reliability is shaken. If he reads this, maybe he will take extra good care of it.
— Louise Daniels, Lima