Friday, December 16, 2011

Turning A New Leaf

Starting October, all around Pangasinan, and all along the McArthur Highway in the provinces of Tarlac and Pampanga, the rounded crowns of mango trees have been sprouting clumps of brown leaves as if wilting and exhibiting symptoms of deciduous trees preparing for winter.

For those not in the know, it may look alarming. Are the mango trees dying?

But for those who grew up under the trees' shade and are intimate with the leaves' tangy fragrance, the brown leaves are the symbol of happiness. It represents an excitement in anticipation of sweet things to come.

For a few weeks after the brown leaves appear, cottony blossoms emerge underneath them. 

Mango flowers are not a sight to fall head over heels for. It is a bit ironical that such nondescript blooms will bud into the sweetest thing you could ever have on this earth a few weeks later.

Wishing for a golden Christmas!

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Anonymous said...

as that old song written by jerome kern goes 'you are the promised kiss of springtime, that makes the lonely winter seem long.'

Kai said...

"All The Things You Are," with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, a song I used to sing a lot and loved, and still do. Thanks for reminding me. and yes, Philippine mangoes are all things to me. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to you and your family ..