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The Guava Tree

One day she saw a bud emerging from the small patch of soil on our terrace. On this little private garden, she grew tomatoes. This particular bud, however, looked nothing like a tomato plant's, and so she was immediately intrigued. For the next few months, she took very good care of that little bud; she watered it every day before going to work, buried potato skins and cauliflower leaves in the soil, and treated it like her youngest child. The plant turned out to be a guava tree that had taken root from a guava seed I'd thrown into the little patch of soil. She was, of course, elated.

The "she" in this story is my mother. Over the course of 2 years, she managed to make the guava tree grow big and healthy. She even brought in bags of soil by herself so that the tree could grow properly. Last year, the tree bore fruit, and her face just beamed with happiness. She gave a few guavas to everyone we know and that made her even happier. This year, though, we had some renovations done, which meant that the tree had to be uprooted. Even after the repair people told her that the tree would not survive if it was rooted elsewhere, she insisted on moving the patch of soil to a small empty spot on the ground where my dad kept his motorbike and planting the tree there.

After a lot of effort, the soil was moved and the tree was in fact re-rooted. She stills waters it every morning, but the tree has suffered a lot of damage and is probably dead. Its leaves are all brown and most of them have fallen off; it no longer has green branches, or any new leaf buds on it -- though my mom insists otherwise. It's very sad to see her like this. I think deep down she knows her tree is dead, but she still keeps watering it, hoping and praying that the lifeless tree somehow miraculously recovers. I wish I could do something about it; it's really very sad.

Sorry if this was excessively verbose. I just wanted to convey my feelings towards it adequately.

3 blog comments below

Wow, you're a great story teller. And then to hear it is a true story too, makes it even more fantastic . You should publish a book of stories like these. Cool
deanhills on Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:36 pm
Very nice writing yet sad, codegeek!
standready on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:48 pm
Thank you very much for your kind words. Very Happy
codegeek on Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:40 am

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