Posted by Craig on November 3, 2006
Greetings and salutations,
THE BANANA STORY
(Not to be confused with the famous Don Richardson story – the Pineapple Story)
A riddle: What is green and weighs about 70 pounds and is able to kill a banana tree?
Answer: The bunch of bananas that someone gave us to eat.
Explanation: To get the bananas off the tree you cut the tree down. Thus, each tree only produces one bunch in its lifetime.
The banana story is an interesting insight into the culture here. When I was building my fence we hired some local guys to help do the work. All are contacts through the church. At the end of the first day of work when I paid the workers one man insisted that it was not right for me to pay him. I explained that had I paid the company to do it the cost would have been much more and I just wanted to share the savings with the folks who were working with me. Anyways, he reluctantly agreed to take his pay. Since that point, however, he has felt indebted to me. Recently when a bunch of bananas was ready, he gave them to me. Any suggestions on what a family of 3 ought to do with 300 bananas. I mean, Hannah loves bananas, but that is ridiculous. We had around a week to consume the bananas. That would leave us each with about 15 bananas a day. Too bad Bubba [the shrimp guy from Forest Gump] had not been a banana farmer and offered all the things one can do with bananas. Our list was small – banana bread, banana cereal, strait-up-eating bananas. Even at that after about two days we were sick of bananas. So we gave them away. Really the only reasonable thing to do.
A picture is worth a thousand words. This means that batteries are worth several thousand words. However, since our batteries died and we did not take extras we were not able to take many pictures so you will have to believe us when we tell you this place was beautiful. It was amazing to look at above water, but the snorkeling was unbelievable.
While snorkeling we saw some of the most amazing fish – purple, blue, red, yellow, orange … We saw blue starfish. Jeri even held a starfish after much coaxing. Hannah, on the other hand, was a trooper and picked up the starfish and played with it like it was just any toy. We don’t think she had any idea it was a living creature. How many of you can say you have touched a starfish, let alone taken a bite out of one? My 16 month old daughter has!
We found out the area has a guest house (no running water or electricity). The place only costs the equivalent of $3. So next time you are looking for a tropical get away on a secluded beach with snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef for only $3 per night – you know where to come.