Most people would probably just give up and chop down the tree. Not Art.
He and my mother prize this tree because it's been providing us with some very sweet papayas.
To think I threatened to chop it down when it didn't bear fruit for over a couple of years.
After staring at it for several days, Art decided to design a crutch for it.
I had to pad the crutch so it wouldn't dig into the tree trunk. Then he wanted to make sure the wind wouldn't blow it in another direction as well as into the neighbor's fence which isn't exactly sturdy.
It's not the most attractive look, but what the heck! Our kids will tell you that their dad will go to extraordinary lengths to save a living thing.
Maybe it's part of his Buddhist upbringing?