Did you know that there are trees in Bangalore on which boat-shaped structures grow? I didn’t, till the husband showed some to me, when we were newly married. They were duly forgotten all about till recently.
It is the season of the boats now in Bangalore, and many of these trees around the city are sporting them. I brought home one yesterday, and the OH and I had a wonderful time playing with it.
Apparently, this tree is called Coloured Sterculia, and it has beautiful, bright orange flowers. The boats appear on the trees when the flowers have gone out of season. (Source)
The OH told me stories of how he and his brothers used to pick up scores of these boats from off the roads when they were kids, put toy soldiers into them and float them in large tubs filled with water in their bathrooms or in rainwater puddles on the streets. What a grand time they must have had! 🙂 I, being a thoroughly city-bred child brought up entirely in an apartment complex, missed out on these little joys of life. Sigh!
Nature has enough to offer to spur one’s imagination, to keep one occupied for hours on end. Only if one looks closely enough.
I hope I am able to instill in my children a love and for these nature-made boats, and to teach them to appreciate its gifts.