Luckily the tree did not fruit last year and I have not explained in detail to all our readers what happens during this time. What changes are we in for? In short, we are overwhelmed with a bombardment of buzzing bees during the day, followed by a cloud of swarming bats (and lots of bat poop) at night, then an explosion of pods, and as the grand finale, the pods turn into enough indestructible water proof fuzz to make an elephant bed. I felt a bit of relief that the Kapok would not also be able to demand our first born son as we have none, but I was concerned for Buddy during the four plagues of the Kapok tree.
Well, about a month ago, Aaron and I were enjoying a cup of coffee on our deck when we noticed leaves falling. We looked at each other with a solemn stare. No words needed to be spoken. We both knew of the upcoming grief. We both knew that we would soon have to close up our doors and surrender our property to the Kapok.
After all leaves fell, we noticed small buds growing on every branch. This would be the flowers that bring the swarm of bees during the day and bats during the night. Joyous! Before the buds could open up, we noticed that the Kapok was covered in small silk worms. Was I going to spray the worms and save the Kapok? Of course not! We would need a helicopter to spray the tree and we had silk worms everywhere. This was a new plague and we were forced inside our home to escape the worms. We could have just dealt with tiny worms hanging out all over our bodies, but gross. All the buds eventually died and now all the worms are gone.
What is next? Attack of angry moths? The Kapok fruiting with twice as many buds? An angry Kapok that swings its spiked branches at us at night? We did notice last night that a metal tomato cage was up on a high branch. That would be about 60 feet high... WTH? Creepy scary creatures that carry items up to the Kapok god at night? Just can't wait to find out! Stay tuned :)