She chose this tree.
If you look at Norm from this direction you can see that he is nearly dead, as the bulk of his trunk is hollow. One small branch that extends out toward the marsh is all that is living.
I laughed about her anthropomorphic story and we stopped school work in order to eat lunch. As I scrubbed the potatoes my mind wondered and suddenly this spud started to take on manatee like characteristics. With the addition of a few well placed cloves and a little whisker carving, this oddly shaped potato now looks like Spudly the Manatee.