How would you feel if someone decided to kill something you love AND make you pay for it? This is what happened to one tree-loving man when the local council killed his 30-year-old pepper tree. The guy fought to preserve his tree and when he lost the battle, this guy planted a seed (literally) that would help him win the war.
This guy decided to share his store online and people are loving his mode of revenge. He starts by saying that he is "an arborist. This means I am a professional in the cultivation, management, and study of trees."
"Today I am here to tell you a story of death, new life, and revenge," he adds. He explains how three years ago, the city council of Redondo Beach, California ordered the death of his 30-year-old pepper tree. The city issued a warrant when it had been noticed that the roots of the tree had penetrated the pavement in front of his house.
"I loved Clyde," he goes on to write (Yes, he named his tree, cause why not?). "I'm beginning to get older, and planting something that I knew would live well beyond my lifetime was something very special. I took good care of him. I drained his soil, I gave him a crutch to lean on when he was a young lad, and I watched him grow."
Addressing the mayor, he goes on to write, how "just as Clyde was becoming a strong healthy individual, expanding his root system, developing a canopy, and making his own way in life, the mayor took it upon himself to uproot my beautiful child." He then accuses the mayor, blatantly writing, "You killed my child."
The best part of this guy's story is his mode of revenge. Call it the best/kindest revenge for humanity but this guy is using what he knows best to stick it to the city. He writes: "Two years and seven months ago, I secretly planted 45 California Redwoods and 82 Giant Sequoias in various parks, yards and state properties around your city."
He adds how "today, each of their root systems will be at least 30 feet in diameter, and deeply embedded in the soil. You may have noticed the trees growing in front of city council, or that new one that sprouted in your backyard. That's a Giant Sequoia, and its growth will begin accelerating rapidly in the coming months.” This guy knows his trees.
You might think this guy is doing the city a favor by confessing the type of trees he has planted. You’d think he’s making it easy for the city to chop the bastards down just as poor Clyde was killed. But this guy knows his trees and how much it will cost the city to start killing the new trees.
He writes, "You killed Clyde, but I have replaced him with over 100 living giants. And giant they will become. In a few years, they'll begin breaking heights of 100-300 feet and live well beyond 2,500 years.”
What makes this revenge story so good to hear is the way it was handled. You can take revenge with a number of things and come across as vindictive because revenge does that to you. But this guy has used trees. How in the hell can anyone hate or punish this guy when his revenge will only make the world better?
Now we’ll just have to wait and see if the city does something about these trees. There’s a huge lesson to be learned here: Don’t mess with an arborist. Especially one who names his tree Clyde. You will get s**t and by s**t, I mean from the birds resting on the trees planted by this hero.