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Notes from Natalee

What A Plantain Tree Taught Me About Loss

A few years ago while visiting Jamaica, I marveled at nature’s perfect system for continuing the process of life, as demonstrated through plantain trees. Plantains, which are like bigger versions of bananas, bear fruit only once…and then they die.

But as soon as a tree approaches the end of its life, something magical happens. Tiny offspring begin popping up around it. As if nature were saying, “There is no death. The story doesn’t end here.” And seemingly to emphasize this point, the tree that is about to “die,” then funnels its nutrients into the tiny new ones all around it.

What I learned years ago from a plantain tree in Jamaica has now taken on new meaning in my life.

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