The weather has finally warmed, and like everyone else, I am taking advantage of it. It can be a bit harder for me to work outside without distractions as I am the neighborhood go to person for plant questions. My neighbor has a row of shrubs forming a hedge and decided to clean them out. It was a bigger task than she had anticipated, so she asked me if it would be okay to cut them back to about three feet. Being full of old, unproductive and dying wood, I recommended taking them down to about six inches. I got a look from her and her husband as though I had said to take them out. I reassured her that that is what I do and she sees how mine turn out; they put out new growth from the ground rather than being top heavy and naked at the bottom. She proceeded to cut them back to about three feet with horrible, jagged results. My son asked why she did not cut them back farther and she said she was afraid of hurting them. I have seen this happen many times with many people.
Rewind a few years. The same neighbor, knowing my stance on circumcision, decided to brag to me of her son's. She told of how she could hear him screaming all the way down the hall and thought, "that's my boy!" I have also heard variations of this (usually horrified by the screams, but still undeterred from circumcision) many times from many people.
For more information on circumcision, see Don't Mess With Mother Nature.