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Poppy's Tree House
By Felix LeRoy Perry
Monday, April 23, 2007

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For my girls...

Poppy’s Tree House


I had time on my hands, a plan in my brain and I am just stubborn enough to finish what I always start. I picked my sight out for the new construction carefully, had to be among the trees, close to the main building for Nanny and Poppy treats and “I got to go pee’s” yet far enough to let them feel they were someplace special. I drew out a plan, will not too much of one actually, just a sketch on a paper to figure out what I would need. I ordered the material, and made sure it was of the finest quality and pressure treated so it would withstand the ravages of time even if Poppy didn’t. Then I begged, pleaded, and made deals to get some labor in to help me…thank you brother Moe.

We started building on the first warm day of summer and by the end of the first day we had the footings in, the frame built the decking down and the railings on and by three o’clock she was resembling the image in my head for Poppy’s tree house. When my brother left after telling him I was finished for day I couldn’t help but nail just a few more boards and by suppertime from exhaustion I was ready for the heat of a bubble bath to ease the sores and aches in my tired old body.

The next day…you guessed it a builder’s worst friend…rain. It rained for five whole days and only on Friday did it clear enough that I could get started again. On Saturday my co-worker showed up and with the new lumber ordered through the week we went at it. We had to…I had invited two little granddaughters to be the guests of honors and cut the ribbon at the grand opening of what was now being called “Poppy’ Tree House”. When I dragged the last of my tools into the shed later that day and said goodbye and thanked my brother for his help I breathed a contented albeit painful sigh as I looked back at our project.

Eight feet by eight feet, solid as a rock, colonial railings all around, stairs, slide, climbing wall, toy pirates wheel and telescope and decorated for the next days festivities with pinwheels, flags and banners…not finished but finished enough for the opening. We purchased snacks, drinks, even sunglasses and bubble toys for the first 3-4 customers, and for once Mother Nature must have been smiling on the children for even the sun greeted us the next morning. The children arrived and they were at first overwhelmed but then their smiles and laughter rang through the neighborhood the rest of the afternoon. It may not have been the biggest or best thing I have ever built but it is the one that will bring me happy memories to draw on long after I can no longer lift a hammer or a grandchild.





Labor…………...three-four days

Accessories ……..$100.00



Priceless…the sound of my two granddaughters smiles and laughter and the hugs and kisses they gave me were worth every cent and every ache and pain it cost.



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Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 1/15/2009
Delightful and heart-warming! I loved the written story, but loved what was behind it even more. Every little girl imagines have a "Poppy" just like you! Your girls are very lucky and your love for them is evident as it overflows into your words. A most enjoyable piece, Fee. Hugs, Lizzie :)
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 8/31/2008
A warming story, Fee! Enjoyed:)
Reviewed by Kathryn Collins 5/3/2007
Dear Fee,

You are wonder!

Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 5/1/2007
Oh Fee, this is wonderful. You might have memories for a long time, but the children, they will cherish this memory and share it with their children, who knows, they might even built such a wonderful monument in your memory for their children one day! (And trust us, girls can be very good with tools!Yep, no doubt!)
Love and Hugs, wishing you tons of fun,
Reviewed by Karen Cino 4/24/2007
This is awesome, Fee. Looks like we are seeing the softer side of you. It is so refreshing to see that family life is still alive. I love the picture of your family.

Thank you for sharing another side of you Fee.

Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 4/23/2007
Awesome! :)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/23/2007
You are a master builder Felix!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone 4/23/2007
Really well done. I bet they had a blast with it. Beautiful children. I see the moms had to test it for safety first? Very good story. You are lucky to have your grand kids close enough to see when you want. Lady J
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 4/23/2007
A delightful story Fee. Those girls are very lovely and very lucky to have such a Dad as you.
Reviewed by Morning Star 4/23/2007
Fee I love tree houses!
I love to have one myself as an adult
So I could could be there and write
You do excellent work building such a beautiful tree house
I can just imagine how excited your girls were!
and I can picture the big smile on there face!!
Just beautiful Fee
Love and peace to you and your family....Morning star
Reviewed by * * 4/23/2007
Beautiful Fee, I absolutely love tree houses!...even had one myself as an adult...I can just imagine how excited they were!
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/23/2007

I know how proud you are of your grandchildren and how much they love their poppy, it is so wonderful that you dear Felix, give them so much of your time and love. A beautiful job well done and all the enjoyment well deserved.

Love you Cuz Rose XOXO
Reviewed by Selena Dobbin-Gillis 4/23/2007
Oh, this is so sweet cuz, we certainly do love our randchildren,don't we? Looks like you and your brother did a great job on Poppy's Tree House, and got lots of excercise along with it. Hope and am sure the little tykes will love it. Love & hugs
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/23/2007

You are ever the proud poppy bear; you are a hero to your grandkids! Delightful story; well done, my (((friend)))!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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