Welcome to tree-hugger central.
I have a dilemma. It’s Duckie’s first real Christmas and I want a Fraser fir tree in the house. But. I honestly don’t know if I can justify my participation in the death of trees, especially when I know that a tree takes several years to grow. Yeah, yeah, I know the trees in farms are grown to be cut down, but that smacks of an awful sort of inevitable predestination to me.
And I know that trees don’t have a human consciousness, but does that preclude the possibility of an arboreal consciousness? The lifespan of trees is so much longer than that of humans – and they have a different perspective, of course. They don’t move around – the world moves around them. They don’t sense their environment in the same way we do – if it’s cold, they may not be aware of it as humans are – they won’t shiver, but there is an organic response to the temperature – and to light, and moisture, or lack thereof.
What is it about live trees that keeps me from enjoying the yearly ritual of cutting them down and bringing them indoors? I’ve tried the option of having a tree in a pot (some of you might remember Fluffy) but I can’t even manage to take care of myself let alone making sure a tree doesn’t die while it’s on top of my entertainment center. And then there’s the necessity of replanting outside after the weather warms, and making sure it doesn’t die in my yard.
Am I moving towards a small artificial tree? I have some nice cedar and pine essential oils – maybe I can work with those to recreate the smell of a live tree.
Because I don’t think I can do it this year – I can’t justify the death of one more tree, just to bring it into my home and watch it die. Yuck. I’m surfing as I’m writing this and the pictures of little kids looking up at their big tree with wonder and adoration is really kind of creeping me out – don’t they know the tree is terminal?
Really I’m not in that morbid of a mood. It’s just that the idea is weighing heavy on my mind right now and I think I’ll be more comfortable when I have a nice 3-foot artificial tree in the house.
Then again, the artificial trees aren’t exactly biodegradable, are they? And I probably won’t be using it for the rest of my life, so how does that choice impact landfills later on?
Geez, having a kid makes things SO much more complicated…