The Broken Tree, part 1



The hastily written letter Mama Chipmunk held in her paw said that her cousin had lost her roomy apartment — the one with the tall windows and the skylights — when the rotted-out trunk of the ancient crabapple tree snapped in a wind storm.


After hearing the commotion of the fallen tree, Mouse and his wife had helped gather what belongings they could find amid the rubble — scarves and teacups and watercolors and sketch pads and blankets and fountain pens and pillows and this very stationery — and had suggested that their friend move into the rooms opposite theirs, at the base of one of the old maple trees.


(July 2023)


Story & Photo © Jennifer Singleton / Read+Purr
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