One way can be learned by starting to see the magic in everything. Sometimes it seems to be hiding but it is always there. The more we can see the magic in one thing, a tiny flower, a mango, someone we love, then the more we are able to see the magic in everything and in everyone. Where does the mango stop and the sky begin? ~ Joshua Kadison
I have never seen this many mangoes in ten years. We have five mature mango trees. Three trees are Mango Indio and two trees are Mango Rosa. Eating the first ripe Rosa mango is a taste explosion. Ron’s beard is stained a permanent yellow and my clothes are sticky and stained with mango juice.
Ode to the Mango
Our Mango Indio started producing in January. Now, the closest trees to our house are the Mango Rosas and they are prolific. When the wind blows, they bomb our tin roof. No matter how many times I hear the thud of a big mango bouncing off the roof and rolling to the ground, it still makes me jump.
We’ve made everything we can think of with our mangoes this year…and look! They are still falling to the tune of three wheelbarrows a day. The deep hole we made, is almost filled with mangoes. The aroma of rotting mangoes permeates every pore in my body.
The cows and wandering horses gorge themselves on the mangoes. Our freezer is full. My only regret is that we can’t even give them away because everyone has mangoes growing out of their ears this season.
We’re traveling to the states tomorrow. I’m taking my homemade travel vest and waddling through the airports upon my return with children’s books in Spanish for my elementary school library. I wish I could fill my travel vest with mangoes for my friends and family. It’s a shame to leave a carpet of mangoes to rot on the ground.
When we return, mango season will be over and a pleasant reminder to see the magic in everything…even rotting mangoes. Soon, we’ll be able to see the sky again beyond our mango heaven.
I’ll be offline while I’m in travel mode. But, don’t worry, I’ll be back soon with many more magical tales of our lives in Nicaragua. 🙂