Tauga is an interesting tree, a type of coconut tree, which has cluster pods that can weigh as much as twenty five pounds. The fruit from the tree, also called nuts, is a substitute for elephant ivory. This “vegetable” ivory is used to make beautiful beads, buttons, figurines and jewelry.
I understand that parents always think their children are beautiful. Some people, however, are like tauga trees. Their outer image isn’t that attractive to the masses, but inside is the potential for great beauty. That is what parents always see in their children.
My parents thought I was beautiful.
I always thought they were blind.
Time has passed and I’m definitely not a child any longer. However, I discovered that growing older isn’t always a bad thing. As a matter of fact, as we age, opportunities to grow and develop present themselves. Learning from each experience polishes the proverbial fruit from the tree. We have the potential for greatness just below the surface regardless of how the world judges the outer persona.
Years ago, I had a significant aha moment. Earlier that day, I had delivered an hour long speech, without the aid of notes, to a room full of people at a conference.
I wasn’t boring.
I didn’t come across as stupid or ill prepared.
I held their attention.
My attempt at humor wasn’t even lame.
I realized the huge leap I had taken from being a gangly high school student, crying in fear while giving a book report in front of the class, to the woman who had spoken with knowledge and confidence that day.
My parents had always known it. They were just waiting for me to realize the full potential of the vegetable ivory looking back at me in the mirror.