Sunday September 20th 2020, 10:25 pm
Filed under: Food,Friends,Garden,History,Life,Mango tree

My mango variety drops its fruit just before they’re fully ripe, and I’ve learned that if you just slightly brush the bottom of one with your fingertips and it falls into your hand, you got it when it was ready to let go.

Two were like that while the fire sky had been gray or worse for three weeks. They were good, but the intensity of the perfume was not at all up to last year’s–they’d needed that bright direct sun the ashes were filtering out.

The third and last one that had survived what the winter had thrown at the tree waited till there was bright sunshine again for several days. It was very small, but held great promise in the palm of my hand.

Like Alphonsos do, it needed a few days indoors. I put it in a beautiful hand thrown rice bowl from my friends Mel and Kris which displayed it with the majesty it deserved.

And man, was I tempted. More than I’d like to admit. I’m not proud of that.

But I was hopefully going to get more mangoes in future years.

There is never enough time, there is not much time, there is hopefully as much time as she and her family need. Her granddaughter gave her a new great-granddaughter this weekend, and there is joy.

I checked with her daughter, who assured me that there was a caretaker there who would open the door; just tell her I’m Jean’s friend from church.

There was no plan whatsoever of my going in and actually seeing and risking her, but I could at least hand something over to them from there.

I had a card that popped up a bouquet of paper flowers for this lovely master gardener. The woman who shared her pomegranates that are why I have such a tree in my yard too, now, having never known before what a pomegranate was really supposed to taste like. Who was eighteen when she witnessed Pearl Harbor, and lived.

Twice she had tried to grow mangoes like back home. Twice the trees had died in our cold. She knew what a homegrown mango could taste like. If only.

At 94, she finally got to have one again.

And I suppose the fact that the sky took away a little of the perfume and presumably (like my figs) some of the sweetness (although it still smelled wonderful), she gets to still believe her childhood Haden ones were the best.

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A generous gift that I’m sure she fully appreciated!

Comment by ccr in MA 09.21.20 @ 6:00 am

Awe, how sweet.

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 09.21.20 @ 6:16 am

No pictures yet, huh?

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 09.21.20 @ 6:17 am

And it is with small kindnesses and sacrifices like this that we will heal. After losing RBG and Cat within 48 hours, it’s good to be reminded we can build the future even if we can’t remake the past. Thanks.

Comment by twinsetellen 09.21.20 @ 1:20 pm

Kindness is so under-rated. Much of the world seems to have forgotten what it means to be kind. (Or at least how not to be mean) And it costs little or nothing to be kind, to brighten someone’s day or cheer them on when they are feeling down.

I have noticed that often the ones who are not kind are the first to complain. Hmmm.
Just. Don’t. Get it.
Chris S

Comment by Chris S in Canada 09.21.20 @ 3:52 pm

My dad was a Wisconsin farm boy and you know Mangos didn’t figure in the diet there. But in his later years he discovered them at the grocery store and would buy them often. But some how he never did get the name right and called them ‘Mangles’. 🙂

Comment by Helen 09.22.20 @ 12:14 pm

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