Caimito and the value of waiting ?>

Caimito and the value of waiting

Nanay Cora’s farm in Mabitac, Laguna is home to many fruit-bearing trees that includes caimito or star apple.

IMG_5172Summer time is caimito (star apple) season in my mother-in-law’s farm in Mabitac, Laguna.

It’s that time of the year when baskets of this sweet, rounded fruit gets harvested by Nanay’s farm laborers.

The ripe caimitos usually have a color combination of green and purple. It’s sweet, juicy taste makes you crave for more.

My 8-year-old son David and daughter Bea eat them in a flurry whenever baskets of caimitos are brought to our house. And usually, David reminds me to set the seeds aside because he wants them all planted in the farm again.

He would usually ask me how long does it take for caimito to grow and bear fruit. And my response is maybe 2 to 3 years.


We all went through the childhood stage where what we saw and liked, we wanted to have immediately.

In our time, that is very evident — fastfood for the “impatient” customers, instant noodles, instant 3-in-1 coffee, instant friends (like the ones we have at various social media platforms, but who have no direct relationships with us), and more.

Waiting may seem outdated these days, but the truth is, we all need to realize its extreme value.

Waiting builds character in us. Farmers know for a fact that they won’t expect a tree pronto just by planting a caimito seed today. They do plant the seeds in hectares of land, but wait patiently for it to grow, spread and strengthen their branches, produce flowers, before eventually harvesting their fruits.

Similarly, waiting is beneficial for us in the long run when we learn to pause, think, evaluate things and more importantly, consider praying before we do something.

Waiting gives us a greater sense of fulfillment. Imagine the difference of food prepared in a fastfood restaurant and the ones produced by a culinary expert. Which will be more satisfying? By learning to step on the “brakes” within us, we get to enjoy what we patiently wait for.

So the next time impatience knocks on your door, remember this word, WAIT. You won’t regret it.

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