Farewell to another sweet coconut tree of my Olavakkode origin!
A relationship of 40 years blown off!
Yes, I had to cut another coconut tree, as it started playing havoc not only within the compound but also extending its head towards the road. It was a painful job, as I had brought the seed of a very sweet variety from Olavakkode. Every time the axe struck the tree, the suffering was mine. I thought, it is OK, let me suffer now but not be a cause for the suffering of others.
Relationships, however strong they are, has to be severed, when it starts hurting us and others.
Sentiments apart, the trees I developed long ago, have become liabilities now as many houses have come up in the surrounding areas and naturally no neighbor will keep quiet when a seed or branch falls on their head or on their house, however friendly they are towards me.
There is a belief that coconut tree doesn’t hurt others and my experience too is not otherwise.
Old people, except good souls like me, don’t spend the entire night in sleep, especially when they are in pairs. Yadayya and Yadamma, both retired as professors, stay behind my backside compound wall. On the recent Pornami, full moon night, they developed instant intimacy and sneaked out for a stroll in the Central Park close by. A branch from my coconut tree fell very close to them, making a loud sound which woke up their son. He was shocked to see his parents trying to open the gate..
‘Where to at this midnight?’ enquired the anxious son.
‘To bathroom’, replied the dad.
‘Yes, my son, I’m taking him to bathroom’, replied the mom.
‘But, bathroom is inside the house!’, exclaimed the son. He was right !
Hearing the noise, came out the daughter in law and yelled,
‘Ayyo, ayyo! They both have Alzheimer’s disease. Rush them to an old age home’
The son consoled her, ‘wait, my angel! Let the night pass on’. He was right again!
The professor gave a strong kick to his wife and yelled,
‘See where your midnight romance is leading us – certainly not to the Harithavanam Central Park’
The professor garu too was right.