Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mental Lint: Giant Bonsai

I was reading Jen on the Edge's post
(I'm sure there's a way to do that in a nicer, prettier way, but this is the best I've got for now) and it inspired me.

Anyway -- I realized that I have some schnibbles of ideas drifting around, and it's helpful to just corral them into one place.

Several years ago, my husband, Dr. Smartypantz, picked up Bonsai as a hobby.  If you don't know, it involves taking little tiny trees and making them (over a long period of time) look like really BIG, OLD trees.  It involves wires, teeny little cutters, and cute little pots.

For example:

Aren't they sweet?

Sadly, Dr. S tends to kill them well before they get to the adorable stage.  Sigh.  Well, his talents lie in other areas.  Like baking chocolate cookies.

Anyway.  We went out for dinner one night, leaving kiddo #1 with a babysitter!  Blissful adult time!  So we went to a sushi place in our little Indiana town.

As we pulled up, I admired some beautiful, gnarled trees in front of the restaurant.
Like this, but not this.

"Look!  GIANT BONSAI!" I cried.

The hubs looked at the Giant Bonsai, and shook his head.  I heard him sigh, "Hon? They just call those things 'trees.'"

Oh. Yeah.


Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

That's the sort of thing I would say to my husband.

Those wee trees are adorable, but I'm pretty sure I'd manage to kill them.

Claudia said...

This made me laugh. Weirdo that I am, I can't see bonsai trees without thinking of the (original, thank you very much) Karate Kid movie.