Tree Planting Chaos

Wayne's gentle touch removing a dead tree, (and half the yard).

Most people use Sunday as a day of rest. Not Wayne Elsey, founder of Soles4Soulds. He arrived at our RV at 7:45 am (after telling us the night before that he’d meet us at 10:00am). “We’re going to plant some trees at the new office!” he said, with all the enthusiasm of an untrained arborist. And plant trees we did…44 trees to be exact. While other people did the manual work of actually digging holes, Wayne made digging comments such as, “Let’s work faster! Aren’t you done with that hole yet?” Of course then he bought lunch for everyone and even offered to give rides on the forklift he was driving. Not that anyone wanted to be near him as he lifted the forklift arms and moved anything that was moveable. He and Allan have a slight disagreement going as to whose fault it was that the forklift got stuck in the lawn while trying to remove a dead tree. Yes, Allan was driving and claims the counter weight was too heavy. Wayne claims Allan is simply not as experienced at driving a forklift as he is. They bantered back and forth the entire 30 minutes it took them to get the forklift back where it belonged on the pavement. Now they are arguing over who needs to fill in the hole the forklift left on the lawn. Stay tuned!

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