So I harvested a bunch of plantains from my backyard yesterday and thought to share some lessons for parenting and life!
Motherhood is no joke for the plantain or banana tree because once they bear a bunch of fruit then they die… however that’s not the end of the story.
Before the plant dies you will notice that suckers which are baby plants, begin to grow from around the base of the parent plant.
So although the parent tree dies , it is replaced by baby banana plants almost immediately. I planted just a single plant 2 years ago and today I have about 5 which are bearing fruit like this one I just harvested and lots of suckers ready to take over. In fact so many will grow that I had to actually use rocks to prevent too many suckers from coming out and taking over my back yard.
𝗟𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝟭.Parenting is a sacrifice. While we live on after we bear our young the truth is that a good parent must sacrifice. From the period of conception, the 9 months gestation and after baby is born and even into adulthood we put a lot into parenting.
𝗟𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝟮.As you parent you must plan for the future. The plantain or banana plant doesn’t just die without leaving a future. We must be intentional about doing same. This can be through investing for the future, leaving a will, proper succession planning and generally being intentional!
𝗟𝗘𝗦𝗦𝗢𝗡 𝟯 . Another important thing to note is that the new suckers that the plant bears are just like them. As parents our young end up being like us in many ways. Pause and ponder on that. Are you proud of your habits and values? Do you act in ways that you would want your children to replicate?. The truth is that they are watching you intently and they will end up picking up a lot of stuff from you!
𝐋𝐄𝐒𝐒𝐎𝐍 𝟒 Lastly, be fruitful because you will not be around forever. Make impact and bear fruit!
Are you focused and driven? Are you lazy and slothful? Are you planning for the future? Lion dey born lion… Plantain dey born plantain. Your children are directly inspired by you so be careful what you plant around them.
What other lessons are their to learn from the Plantain tree?