Island Mystery: Tree Climbing

Uncategorized / Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

{Island Mystery is a series in which I give you clues about the mysterious island paradise that I am living on.}
It is a very normal thing to see islanders climbing trees here (especially males). With all the fruitful trees here, climbing is part of our culture. And young men are usually expected to be climbers.
I find it amazing to see how they climb coconut trees without ladders. They just hug the tree and do frog- like movements. Not many are good at climbing coconut trees, but most young men here are good at running up most other fruit trees.
What also happens at times, is climbers falling out of trees! Most times the fall won’t be serious at all ☺
Some time ago, I met a man named ‘Bag A Rice.’ I asked why that name, and he told me that it is because he once fell out of a tree, and he looked pretty much like a ‘bag of rice’ falling from a table. So onlookers gave him that name☺ And he wears it proudly!
Are people climbing trees frequently where you live?
Happy Wednesday☺

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19 Replies to “Island Mystery: Tree Climbing”

  1. not really – you just do not see kids outside climbing trees anymore – they are now safely ensconced in their home playing electronic game (or supervised playdates) and not getting outside activity – it is sad – I remember back in the 50's – 80's that kids played outside all the time -I did, my kids did – but for the last 20 to 30 years you do not see kids outside playing as much – everyone is so overly concerned for their safety that they are not letting them be kids anymore — MY opinion.

  2. "Bag of Rice" made me laugh.
    You do not see as many kids climb trees around here like you used too. It used to be the funnest thing ever? Parents are just too protective now I guess.

  3. Not so much tree climbing here. The kids used to climb my mother's big tree in her front yard. Oh, you are putting me into suspense as to where you live, Summer. I'd love to see the people climb those coconut trees. 🙂


  4. The only people I see climbing trees are my grandchildren, we have 11 but not all are old enough to get into the trees. Lovely post, I'm wondering which Island paradise you live on.
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Very interesting! Around here you pretty much only see children climbing trees occasionally for fun (And they're trees with lots of low branches). It sounds like a real skill to climb up straight trees like that by hugging the trees!

  6. Once a year my grown daughters try to get together with their cousins and they climb a tree and get their picture made. This started many years ago when all the cousins would gather together for family things. Now the problem I am beginning to see is the TREE isn't big enough to hold them all! LOL! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. How interesting that it is an "island thing" for males to learn to climb trees! Our son and daughter both learned how to climb a tree. It is a good skill to have should you ever need to climb a tree! Myself, I prefer to stay on the ground, lol!

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