Arborists often work closely with families in the course of contract jobs, and can sometimes become familiar enough with their clients to exchange life stories, or even take part in them. One such client story was sent to us by Davey Tree Expert Company arborist Nick Crawford, and seemed like the perfect, albeit bittersweet, love story to share on Valentine’s Day.
Last year, Crawford visited an elderly client named Steve to examine his trees (pictured right). Steve and Crawford both agreed that the overlarge trees ought to be replaced due to their poor condition, but Steve’s wife disagreed.
“His wife couldn’t bear the thought of losing the privacy in their living room, and argued fiercely with him - in my presence!” Crawford said. “They would holler then stop, smile, and laugh about how they were arguing.”
“Steve called me later to say she won, and to schedule the work for tomorrow, after negotiating a discount,” Crawford added.
Crawford was prepared to merely prune the trees the next day, when he received yet another phone call from Steve. The elderly gentlemen had called to inform Crawford that his wife had passed away in the night.
Despite this heartbreaking turn of events, Steve still wanted Crawford to prune the trees, because “she would have wanted it that way.”
“Love everlasting,” Crawford said of their relationship. And we have to agree. While this story was undoubtedly bittersweet, it also serves as a testimony to the strength of long-term love - and a reminder to always cherish your loved ones.