We received word from our former neighbors that the ancient Sycamore tree on Linden Street in Roeland Park finally had to remove .
The tree was enormous. In a city rife with huge trees, this tree stood out as truly gigantic.
Several owners of the property had investigated having it removed. Too much maintenance, what with the leaves and sticks falling all the time. But it never happened, probably due to the price tag of cutting down and carting off the leviathan.
My Super Model Wife and I were always relieved to see the grand creature remain. That's why we made a trip back to the old neighborhood to bid the old Sycamore a fond farewell.
John, the owner of the house, said a crack in the west trunk appeared over the weekend. The west trunk leaned out over the vintage ranch house, threatening to crush it and the neighboring houses with the next stiff wind.
John said he would end up paying about $10,000 to have the tree removed. The Roeland Park arborist said that the largest tree in Roeland Park had fallen down last week. So this tree, for a few days, had the honor of being the largest tree in the city.
Though we understood that it was necessary, that, as George Harrison said, all things must pass, it was sad to see this majestic tree...