Poinsettia My Guava Tree

"Two guava trees in our front yard"

One guava fruit in my hand can flood my brain with many happy childhood memories. Growing up in the province of Laguna, I have created and weaved many delightful adventures. One that will stay as one of my fondest memories while growing up in the province. Being pseudo-only child of my mother back then, I am usually up for fun and adventure after school. My best friend Helen and I are in tune when it comes to meeting together after school.  Although  she is one year ahead of me, we have mutual respect and enjoyed each other’s company. I was in third grade and she was a fourth grader. Our close friendship lasted until she graduated from Elementary School. I guessed we were closely knitted because we both liked tomboyish activity. We liked swimming in the river and climbing trees. We were also not intimidated of naughty boys when they picked a fight with us. We both were up to climbing the small mountains or hills near our school. We searched for trees bearing fruits. It doesn’t matter whether it was guava, mango, kaymito (star apple), anonas, or young coconut. We both could climb these trees very well.

As a child, I am also comfortable being alone. I am not dependent to other children in creating adventures for myself. When I’m by myself, I used to go to the backyard of my aunt. There are many things I can do at her backyard. It is at an area where two rivers meet. I usually found solace there. I sometimes sat and lay on a parked fisherman’s boat under the bamboo tree, and day-dream while looking at the cerulean sky beyond the bamboo leaves. I also climbed this one big guava tree in my aunt’s backyard. Either melodramatic or imaginative, I talked to that guava tree and told the tree that she is my friend, and that I will name her Poinsettia. Every day during the summer it seems whenever I climb her, Poinsettia has guava fruits for me, much to my delight. Often I thanked her. I even solemnly gave an oath to Poinsettia that I prefer guava over apples, which is really true even up to this day. I sometimes hung myself in her bark and liked to climb to the topmost part of her. I climbed her even if sometimes she is wet with rain.

Poinsettia was one true friend  for about two years. Then one languid lonesome day, approaching Poinsettia’s spot, I was so saddened to find her cut down to her trunk.  I could not climb her anymore. Shocked and with a heavy heart, I went to my aunt and inquired why they cut the guava tree. My aunt said, her neighbor cut the tree because they are going to build a pig fence near that spot. Still in disbelief while dragging my feet, I went to Poinsettia and told her how sorry I am that they cut her. As a child I do not care whether I am foolish in talking to that tree, but I consoled my guava tree that someday, she will grow some bark again. Her trunk is still standing firm and deeply rooted to the ground. As time passes by she grew some bark and leaves, but it is not like her former glory where she can hold many children that like to climb her. I also grew up and  moved on, but I will always remember that guava tree named Poinsettia whenever I have a guava fruit in my hand.


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10 Responses to Poinsettia My Guava Tree

  1. john tugano says:

    Hi..I’m surprised with your comment you left on my page.Thanks btw.Currently I’m here in Laguna also taga saan ka dito dati?

  2. Sony Fugaban says:

    There’s a tree hugger and now a tree talker … if you may want that term. Nice story, by the way.

  3. Thanks Sony. When I was a child, I was told that the patriarch Adam and Eve can talk to the flowers and the trees, somehow I believed that because plants and trees are also living things. We do not know if they have brains but who knows if their brain might be in their trunk 🙂 In the beginning God’s meal plan for man is supposed to be seeds of herbs and fruits from trees. After the fall of man we are allowed to eat herbs. Genesis 1 verse 29 says… And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.s

  4. john tugano says:

    hehehe…I’m not really a native of Laguna but I spent my college yrs in Calamba then transferred in San Pedro Laguna.I’m not a U.P student hehehe I wish.Maybe you’re from Siniloan or Pila laguna..That’s a wild guess.

    I hope you’ll continue blogging and it’s great that Sony and I stumbled in your blog.=)

    • I used to go to San Pedro with my OB GYN aunt at Pacita complex when I’m a newly grad. We can immediately assume that being a UP student is good. But in this life I learned that you do not have to be in a prestigious and prominent school in order to shine. Consider this divine adage at Ecclesiastes 9:11 There’s something else I noticed about life, fast runners don’t always win the race. The bravest don’t always win the battle. The wise men don’t always make the right decisions. Capable people don’t always get to the top. And those who are intelligent don’t always make the most money. Timing and opportunities play a big part in it all. (Clear word for kids) Just continue doing what is right in the sight of God, the almighty He give rewards in due time.

      • Sony Fugaban says:

        I agree, John. It’s always a pleasure to meet a fellow Filipino blogger.

        “The wise men don’t always make the right decisions. Capable people don’t always get to the top. And those who are intelligent don’t always make the most money. Timing and opportunities play a big part in it all. (Clear word for kids) Just continue doing what is right in the sight of God, the almighty He give rewards in due time.”

        That’s a mouthful. It kept me thinking …

  5. The tree whisperer? Nice childhood memories. I am sure Poinsettia misses you too.
    Welcome to the world of blogging.

    • Thank you, blogging seems easy but it actually reveal some of the bloggers personality which make her/him vulnerable to opinion of others. One can just hope that whatever she/he say in truth our father in heaven will be glorified.

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