Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. .
I did know what to expect. I suppose I knew there would be a plot interwoven into what the tree witnessed, but I did not expect a story about accepting the new Muslim neighbors.
All in all, the story was a pretty simple one, not too complicated and not too deep. I guess that was the author's intention - to tell a meaningful story in a simple way - although I doubt, in reality, that things could resolve themselves as quickly as this.