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The coffee tree by the window

by DanilBos 2 months ago in Short Story
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Living on the first floor, I was happy to have a small open space in front of my window for my family to use. Although the space is only a few square meters, but I planted more than ten kinds of flowers and plants, a place full of life.

The coffee tree is one of the most eye-catching.

I remember in April 3 years ago, not long after I moved to this courtyard in a small town, I saw an old couple selling flowers and plants one day on the street. I was attracted by a few ten centimeter tall saplings, and when I asked, I learned that they were coffee trees. I learned from chatting with the old man that the uncle had served as a leader, but now he had been retired for many years, and when he was idle at home, he raised flowers and plants with his partner, enjoying his time in leisure and pleasure. The more flowers and plants they raise, the more they occupy the majority of the small yard at home. Later, they did a more interesting thing, which is to move part of the flowers and plants they cultivated out to share with others. Not trying to earn much money, just to do a little to make themselves happy, so that each day is full of beauty.

For ten dollars, I bought a coffee sapling, along with a small pot. I took the sapling home with joy, transplanted it in a bigger pot and put it in the open space in front of the window. To be honest, I am not really interested in drinking coffee, but the planted coffee tree has been a lasting source of enthusiasm for me. The same is true for all the other plants and flowers I planted. The soil for planting flowers and plants is the mountain base soil that I picked up from the mountains and forests tens of kilometers away from home, and every time I transplant flowers and trees, I can smell the fresh mountain smell, which I especially like.

Soon after the coffee tree was planted, it started to grow happily and did not want to stop. Its main trunk grows about 5 cm high every time, it grows two side branches, which grow outward, cascading, a dark green leaves crowded in the sunlight, for the honor of a tree and strive to show their best image.

In the blink of an eye, three years have passed. In May, the bottom seven or eight branches spouted flower buds, and the tree began to grow richer. In June, all the flower buds bloom together in a pure white color. In late June and early July, the blossoms fade away and a tender green coffee fruit emerges.

There is a small mountain village called Zhu Bitoula, a hundred kilometers to the east of the small county where I live, in the mountains. At the end of the 19th century, a French missionary named Tian Deneng went there as a missionary, built a church, and planted coffee saplings from Vietnam in the secluded village on the bank of the Yubo River, bringing the exotic and distant romance to the villagers. The romance of the foreign country was integrated into the life of the very traditional villagers. Who would have thought that more than a hundred years later, this secluded mountain village would be on fire all over the world because of the ancient coffee trees, and even the beautiful women in the big city like Beijing have come to this piece of land to plant coffee.

Three years ago, when I was still buying coffee saplings, the old couple told me that the coffee saplings were the descendants of the ancient coffee tree of Zhu Bitula! To me, it didn't really matter. To be honest, I am not particularly fond of drinking coffee, what I care more is the process of growing, blossoming and fruiting, in which I communicate with the coffee tree like a confidant and get an indescribable pleasure.

Watching the coffee fruit grow fuller and fuller day by day, it is getting closer and closer to the time when it is red and ripe.

Although not much of a coffee drinker, I still look forward to that moment - in a fresh and quiet morning, holding a cup of my own hand-grown coffee, gently sniffing, then, even the sunlight also melted in the cup ......

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