Inside the Mind of Isadora

A Folktale – The Trouble Tree


The carpenter we hired to help us restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his beat-up pickup truck refused to start.

 While we drove him home,  he sat in stony silence.

 On arriving, he invited us in to meet his family.

As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.

 When he opened the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face is a wreath in smiles as he hugs his two small children and kisses his wife. 

Afterward, he walks us to the car. We pass the tree, and my curiosity gets the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

 “Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” he replied.” I know I can’t help having troubles on the job and in life, but one thing’s for sure, problems don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning, I pick them up again.” 

He paused. “Funny thing is,” he smiled, “When I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there ain’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.” Β©anonymous

2021Β©Isadora DeLaVega



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Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

23 thoughts on “A Folktale – The Trouble Tree

  1. What an interesting idea to use this folk tale with the picture prompt as background!

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  2. Such a beautiful story. I remember using a similar strategy at a difficult time in my life. Having to put on the professional face at work when I worked through the door. The people at work didn’t need to be burdened with my personal difficulties.

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  3. That is fantastic. And what a wonderful idea, not only to leave your troubles outside, but to hang them on a tree so they don’t wander off and bother unfortunate others

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  4. Absolutely adored the heartwarming story Isadora … thank you for sharing ..

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  5. A great tale Isadora πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  6. Hi aFrank,
    All is well here. Thinking about cruising now that the restrictions and the ships are moving again. It’s been a long wait. I am wishing really hard. πŸ˜† I see you’ve taken a bit of a break. We all need one from time to time. Any thoughts on DWT Stars?
    I’m glad you found this inspiring. Be safe …
    Isadora 😎


  7. This is a great lesson learned ending. Hi Isadora … Hope all is well.

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