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January 15, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Coconuts for Sale

Palm trees offer such a magnificence of wonder: the horizontally striped bark; the giant fronds, dipping towards the earth; a peek-through of the sapphire sky through deep green slivers of windows; a shady spot to sip coconut milk from the real thing, if you’re lucky enough to find a guy willing to haggle a bit over the price of the coconut.

“Twenty bucks for a coconut? What? No way?” That’s more than half my spending money for the day, and I’m feeding two kids plus me. Then I feel guilty; I have so much. But at the same time, I sure didn’t have that much in my pocket. I found a boy selling his fruit for eight bucks which still seemed expensive, but a better deal nonetheless. I couldn’t resist the experience. And even if I did overpay (I’m not sure), I still go home to luxury and money enough for what I need plus a lot more. Handing those dollars to this sweaty kid sure seemed like a good enough reason to drink the luscious milk of a just-picked coconut at least once in your life. Ah, the real thing was quite grand.

Photograph taken and coconut eaten at Tulum, Mexico on the Yucatan Peninsula. January 1, 2008.


  1. gypsy-heart / Jan 15 2008 11:04 am

    Money well spent…who says you can’t buy memories!
    I love all of your latest photos…from sun to snow. I want to “be” in all of them!

  2. Laurie / Jan 15 2008 1:59 pm

    Looks wonderful!

  3. ladypercy / Jan 16 2008 8:16 pm

    Do you have a lovely bunch of coconuts? (here they are all standing in a row bum bum bum, big ones little ones ones as big as your head)

    Nice picture :-]

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