Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Mango Tree

Across the street at one of Eduardo's aunt's house there his a huge mango tree.  It's a great big tree that offers much beauty to our icky street.  In the last few weeks the mangos started growing and ripening.  For some reason, Tia Rosita and her family do not cut the mangos and sell them, which is what everyone else in El Salvador would usually do.  Instead they leave them there and let people take them from time to time.  It's been quite the place to be lately.  The mangos are perfect now and the tree brings lots of fun for boys and girls of all ages.  They stand outside and throw rocks and other things to try and get the mangos down.  This can sometimes take a LONG time as they are very high up.  People are usually quite respectful, but we occasionally get the loud bang on our roof from a hard mango or rock.  But all in all the mango tree brings fun and enjoyment to all around.  I think it's sweet that the family lets people walk by and take there mangos for a delicious afternoon snack for free.
The mango tree has been there for as long as anyone can remember.  I remember Eduardo telling me stories about that tree long before we even married and came to El Salvador.  The sad thing is the Mayor's office is talking about cutting it down!  The street we live is going to be getting an actual paved road in the coming months and the tree may be in the way for some reason.  Eduardo and I do not understand the reasoning as it's not in the way, but everyone else on the "council" is in agreement to cut it down.
Well whether it gets to stay or go, we are enjoying the tree and the fruits its gives right now.  I hope they decide to keep this beautiful gift that serves all the community and see that there's already so much land all over the world being torn down and we should keep what is left.

2 comments:

gringainelsalvador said...

Kelsey, don't let them cut down the tree. No reason for it, and mangos for everyone who walks by. When my husband and others talk about the difference between losing your job in the U.S. versus being jobless in El Salvador, they often say, 'Hey back home at least you can eat free mangos when you're hungry. Can't do that in the states.'

Kelsey said...

I hope they don't cut it down. They haven't even begun to work on the street and now with all the rain I'm sure it won't get done for a while. Eduardo has the same stories about his childhood...eating all the fruit from all the various trees :)