Over the past few years, he has been losing limbs. When spring came around this year, the entire middle was bare. We called in a tree doctor. The doctor said that our old red oak had a canker, which is kind of like cancer in people. He said that trees are like people. They get old and sick and die.
The tree doctor said that we needed to take the tree down. He was afraid that if a hurricane came that the tree would fall on our house. Today some men came and cut down our old friend. Mom cried.
Already the squirrels are playing on the stump. But it isn't the same as having our old friend. The back yard looks so empty without him.
Dad says that we'll plant a new tree this fall. We will plant it behind the stump.
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