Never again, I promise.

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000


She hovered over me with a shovel in her hand, her face flushed with resentment. I knelt on the ground cowering at the circumstances ahead of me. How did I get into this mess?

The ground in front of me was like concrete. My knees ached. My arms throbbed. Now I remember? It looked so easy.

I had vowed never to get myself in this situation again, but here I was. There was nothing more that I could do. I had to keep digging.

We took turns, digging, then clearing out the hole. The cavity was getting larger and deeper. Soon it would be big enough.

Suddenly it dawned on me. These projects are the things that keep divorce lawyers in business. As our nerves became more and more irritable, we were at each other’s throats. Would we make it through without saying something that we would both regret?

Finally, it was time. "Let's get this over with." We slid the new sapling into its new home.

“Really? I thought it was bigger?”

“Yeah, they always seem bigger before you plant them.”

“Let’s cover it up before we change our minds.”

We kicked the dirt back in the hole. Shoveled and raked it until it was smooth and solid. Soaked the roots. The job was done. Hopefully, but not realistically, for the last time.

Now it is up to mother nature and father time.

A tree (hopefully) grows in Scottsdale.


Tree 1



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Comments (6)

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

OMG you had me with this one Joseph!  Where the heck is he going with this!


Nov 20, 2020 01:33 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

We had a few tense moments.

Nov 20, 2020 04:41 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - wouldn't a saguaro be a lot easier?   Just wondering.  Good luck with your new tree and the arrival of shade sometime soon.  

Nov 20, 2020 02:52 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011
HomeSmart - Scottsdale, AZ
Real Estate Made Easy

Just what I need something with torns. Ouch.

Nov 20, 2020 04:41 PM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I dug a hole for a tree once.  That was enough for me.

Nov 20, 2020 04:44 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Joseph- I too had no idea where you were going but I loved where you took us. 

Nov 20, 2020 07:14 PM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I thought I would try something different. LOL.

Nov 21, 2020 12:54 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 Lol, love your take on this one. I'm sure that tree is going to grow very well. 

Nov 21, 2020 07:46 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Thanks. I have been watching it all day. It still looks the same. Check back in a few years.

Nov 21, 2020 12:55 PM