The Slice: What goes up must come down
Let’s look at the pros and cons of treehouses.
(I’ll start and then you can pick up where I leave off.)
Pro: They are a seasonal classic.
Con: Sometimes gravity gets the last laugh.
Pro: Parts of the Spokane area have an abundance of sturdy trees.
Con: Your neighbors who hot-tub in the buff might raise a fuss about a treehouse with a clear view of their antics.
Pro: Having a treehouse in the backyard helps you see if any enemy ships are trying to sneak up.
Con: Certain parents cannot resist the urge to take over the project.
Pro: Once upon a time, quite a few 8-year-olds regarded “Swiss Family Robinson” as the greatest movie ever made.
Con: Birds with nearby nests can view a treehouse as a zoning violation.
Pro: It can be a learning experience for all involved.
Con: See “Lord of the Flies.”
Pro: Treehouses have always been summer’s launchpad for the imagination.
Con: Squirrels might derisively refer to it as a “McMansion.”
Pro: For overly protective parents, it can be therapeutic to realize that a treehouse doesn’t automatically result in a broken arm.
Con: In certain children, a treehouse brings out a powerful urge to exclude people.
Pro: Little kids talking like pirates. “Arrrrrrrr.”
Con: Backyard fruit wasted as “ammo.”
Pro: Good place for reading.
Pro: A few decades from now, everyone will remember it as being twice as big, twice as grand.
Con: Sometimes a treehouse freaks out the family dog.
Pro: Water balloons.
Con: Water balloons.
Pro: A youth who learns some Shakespeare and spouts it from a treehouse is a child who will be remembered.
Con: If a kid already has bullying tendencies, a treehouse can be the setting for a master class in the depantsing arts.
Pro: It’s not an electronic screen.
Con: Sometimes a treehouse brings out a child’s inner prison guard.
Pro: Darn near nature.
Today’s Slice question: Ever teach someone to swim?
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