Treehouse tear-down |

Treehouse tear-down

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:I know you have to pick your battles, but I am just going to go out on a limb here and ask the city manager and the city attorney to please go to the Snowmass Wellness Retreat this weekend and check in with your inner child or your good side, which I’m sure is in there somewhere. Today, actually this morning at 8:30 a.m. to be precise, when I was trying to get my children to soccer camp, you sent three men to destroy our neighborhood treehouse on the corner of North Street and Sixth. After 35 years, why was this so important to do now? Can you remember being a child and actually having fun playing in a treehouse?If so, you can understand and imagine the horror, amazement and sheer anger my children felt as they watched for 20 minutes with tears, shrieking “no!” at the three men sent to do your dirty work with their truck backed up against the tree, destroying the 35-year-old treehouse with axes and dumping it in the back of your truck. We understand it was not ours or whoever built it as a child, but, couldn’t you at least have the decency to knock on the door and say something, anything, like “we know this is a big deal to the kids in this neighborhood, but we have to take it down (for whatever reason you can possibly think of after all this time) and we want you to prepare your kids.”We’ve been trying to teach our children about the times we live in and things like terrorism, but we could have done without this. Certainly this image will leave a much bigger impression on them than the planes hitting the twin towers or anything else coming our way, because a treehouse is the ultimate icon of childhood, a safe haven, a really neat thing! Have you forgotten all that? Somewhere in here there is a correlation to the heart of a child and the heart of a community, especially our community.Well, you know what they say about karma, especially bad karma. You may want to check out that yoga retreat after all and see if you can get it all figured out before it is too late. Oh, please let us know if you are coming for the neighborhood lemonade stands, too, because we will handle it a little better. Molly GorsuchAspenAspen

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