Under the Coconut Tree

Whenever I need to take a break, I step outside. Invariably, I find myself under a coconut tree. Coconut trees evoke a sense of relaxation and peace like no other tree on our land does. They seem to say to me, “Hey, sit back. Relax. It’s never that serious.” I think too that they are such photogenic trees. The top of a coconut tree against a blue Caribbean sky is the stuff that vacation postcards are made of. No wonder coconut trees feature so heavily on my Instagram!

I’ve taken A LOT of photos of my coconut trees since I returned to ye old homestead after my father’s passing. I didn’t realise how obsessed I’d become. At first, I thought that it was my love for the beach and my longing for a house/cottage/shack/mansion (I’m not picky) near the sea, but that’s not why. It’s because of my love for my father.

You see, I LOVE coconut water and jelly so daddy planted coconut trees everywhere. He was a pro at cutting the nuts with a nice, neat hole I could drink out of and he would chop nut after nut till I was too stuffed to do anything but lay down in the hammock. Even our dogs loved coconut time. We’d lay the coconuts open for them and they’d clean out that jelly, tails wagging at full speed as they nibbled.

There was nothing like daddy’s coconut surprise after a day at work and hours in traffic. As soon as I got home, he’d say, “Cool off your feet and come get some fresh coconut water.” When I moved away, he’d save the coconuts for the weekends I visited, or he’d put coconut water to chill ahead of time. I’m telling you, cold coconut water on a hot day is a spiritual experience!

I miss daddy every day. He’s always with me, though, under the coconut trees…

Here are a few pics of our coconut trees. Sunny days, rainy days, overcast days, cloudy days…it’s always a good day to photograph a coconut tree.

 

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23 Comments

  1. 14th May 2017 / 8:21 pm

    How wonderful! A gift that keeps giving to you after your father is gone. A way to always think of him.

  2. 14th May 2017 / 11:46 am

    They are lovely trees. My own is a pear tree, which is nowhere near as majestic or awe-inspiring, but looking at it does make me happy. 🙂

    • 14th May 2017 / 12:08 pm

      Thank you! I can’t say I’ve seen a pear tree before…will have to Google. I love pears though. LOVE! They taste and smell so good.

    • 14th May 2017 / 10:41 am

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post.

  3. 7th May 2017 / 11:09 pm

    They are so beautiful and your were and are so blessed . Still praying for memories like these…

    • 7th May 2017 / 11:15 pm

      Thanks so much, Danielle. God will provide you with your heart’s desires in His timing. Of that I’m sure. 🙂

  4. 7th May 2017 / 5:33 pm

    What a beautiful sentiment, and gorgeous pictures to go along with it! Thanks for sharing, it made me feel a little wistful. Of course, that’s the mark of a good writer 🙂

    -Nicole
    myuninspiredblog.com

    • 7th May 2017 / 10:34 pm

      Thanks so much! Your wonderful comment made my night…”good writer”… 🙂

  5. josypheen
    6th May 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I love this post too! The pictures are so relaxing and pretty. 🙂

    • 6th May 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Thank you so much! 🙂

    • 6th May 2017 / 11:10 am

      Thank you! You take such awesome photos so I feel accomplished. 🙂

  6. 6th May 2017 / 10:47 am

    What a lovely post! I too would be under coconut trees as often as possible — if I had coconut trees! I also miss my dad (!)

    • 6th May 2017 / 11:09 am

      *hugs* It ain’t easy being a daddy’s girl without her daddy…

  7. noellekelly
    6th May 2017 / 10:27 am

    Gorgeous photos and such nice memories

  8. 6th May 2017 / 10:27 am

    So beautiful! I love coconut too! Was late in acquiring the taste but yum!

    • 6th May 2017 / 11:07 am

      And it smells great in skin and hair products too!

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