At first I thought the sign said Tree and I wondered … was this some sort of plein air organic sculpture exhibit? Then I realized it said Free, and I thought why on earth would anyone want a free tree stump? Maybe it was meant to be a deeper message. Maybe it was pointing out that in death the spirit of the tree is finally free? Or maybe it was some kind of political statement — free our land! Free our wild spaces! Free our trees from senseless chopping! Or maybe it was a homespun sort of commentary, you know, the best things in life are free?
I thought about it all day.
(I think too much.)
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