The Legend of the Coconut Tree
There was once a young man in loved with a beautiful young woman who also lives in the same island where he resides. The two became sweethearts later on. Aside from being blessed with beauty, the young woman is also kind-hearted and that's why he loves her with all his heart. There's one problem though.
The mother doesn't like the young man for her daughter. And the mother thinks, "My daughter is one of the most beautiful in the island and she should find someone better for her." The mother did what she could to break up the two young sweethearts. The problem is that the two cannot be separated no matter how she tries.So she sought help from a sorceress.
Days passed by and the young woman hasn't seen her beloved young man. She waited but he hadn't shown up to visit her. Then a heavy rain came that resulted in a flood. With the flood water, an earthworm appeared swimming towards her. It startled her to see that it seems to know its way.
"Don't be afraid. It is me," said the earthworm. And before she could speak he added, "I was cursed. Your mother sought the help of a sorceress. And the curse had turned me into this." Teary-eyed, the young woman gently picked up the earthworm and set it in her hands and said how sorry she was for what her mother did.
"Hurry and bury me into the soil," the earthworm said to her. "I want to keep watch over you even when I'm gone, and for you to have something to remember me." And so she did buried the earthworm into their yard.
Weeks passed by and she missed him so much. Then months went by.
One morning to her surprised, she saw a strange plant sprouted exactly on where she buried her cursed sweetheart. In memory of him, she waited and cared for the strange plant.
It took some time but the sprout grew to be a tall tree without any branches. Soon the tree flowered and turned into fruits. When one fall off the tree, she decided to see how the inside of the round fruit looks like. And to her surprised, when husked, the shell seems like a head with two eyes and a mouth!
She then thought of her young lover and maybe its his way of fulfilling his wish. And she remembered when he said, "Hurry and bury me into the soil. I want to keep watch over you even when I'm gone."
Do you like coconut?
Next time you have a coconut shell in your hands, notice the three rounded holes in it. It looks like it has two eyes and a mouth which the shell could be the head. If you do noticed it, remember the young man on this legend and his promise to watch over his sweetheart.
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