An “Awwww” Moment in Pruning

While cleaning up after pruning an old pear tree today, the client popped up with his five year old daughter. She looked at me and said, in that loud, declarative, five-year-old way: “What are you doing, right now!”

I replied, trying to echo her clarity, “I’m trimming (sic, what five-year-old knows what “pruning” is) your pear tree so it is pretty and healthy.”

She queried further, “Where’s all of its hair?”

Not understanding, I asked her  to repeat the question and she did. Her father and I exchanged puzzled looks and immediately and simultaneously understood.
“It dropped its leaves,” he said and “They’re right there on the ground”, I said.