PHOTO: Looking for the perfect tree

Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Marc and Diane Gilbert of New Gloucester look for the perfect Christmas tree at Dun Roamin' Tree Farm in Lewiston on Saturday. "We come here each year to give Ed a hard time," Marc Gilbert said about farm owner Ed Buschmann. The Gilberts said they miss picking out a tree with their three children, who are now grown and out of the house. "Before you know it, they are gone," Diane Gilbert said about raising children. 

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Mark Elliott's picture

What is a "perfect tree"?

What is a "perfect tree"? What makes a tree "perfect"?..........Fullness? Shape? Price? Our tree is tall, pitchy, almost transparent. It would never be sold on a comercial lot. This year, for the first time, I decided to take my little boy out into the wild to find a tree, just like my dad used to do with me. We searched and searched for that illusive "perfect tree".....never to find it. We did the best with the best one we could find. We put it up after triming it to fit in the house. Decorated it with ornaments handed down over 2 or 3 generations. Spliced last years garland to make it go the distance. Added lights then removed lights because I didn't test them first. Added other lights, some colored, some white, some flashing, most not.......It was looking better, but still not perfect. What was missing (besides the obvious branches)?? Then it dawned on me when I noticed how happy the children are when they look at it. It was perfect! We had the perfect tree all along! It was merely my perception that wasn't "perfect".........

Life will always be perfect for those that want it to be........and always be a disapointment for those that expect it to be.

Merry Christmas to all!


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