The Forbidden Tree

There’s a tree in our back yard, right at the back of the fence that has branches hanging into the neighbor’s yard behind us.  The fence is high, about 6ft. I think and we cannot see over it, or through it.  It’s a great enclosure for the kids and Boz.  The kids keep insisting on climbing this tree even though we have told them over and over not to.  Not because we want to deprive them of their God-given ability to climb trees (they are kids after-all), but they go up too high and can’t get down, or worse yet, just tumble right out of it.  Also, because of the lack of rain it makes the tree branches weak and they break off very easily from the weight of even a small child. So this tree has become “off limits” for the kids.  And this has become an impossible direction to follow!  My youngest son Z, who is 4, absolutely cannot stay out of this tree!! And today we reached a new level of disobedience when my husband caught him hanging from very high up in the tree, over into the neighbors yard, calling out to whoever it was he could see!  A little funny, actually, but it won’t be when he falls out of the tree into the neighbor’s yard, and has no idea how to get back to us. I will then have to walk all the way around to the street behind us and go get him! I can see this inevitably is going to happen….So who wants to take bets on how long it will be til it does??

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