Then came my niece and nephew, they are now 17 and 14 years old. My nephew also inherited my hobby of climbing trees and he is my constant companion looking for anything unusual in the second growth forest at the end of our property. He is also good with birds and keeps on telling me his new sightings. He even taught me the ways of some ants and termites, which i fail to observe in my youth. He also has the dream of having a tree house. But conditions in our family is difficult for making a tree house. Carpenters are not available nearby, and of course making it is expensive. So he tries to resolve his lack by trying to do what he can, to have at least a semblance of a tree dwelling.
This is sort of the "dream tree house" we envision to be having. I saw this at the Pasonanca Park, Zamboanga City when i traveled there at the end of June.
Because we lack the tree, the carpenter and the resources to make a tree house, my nephew just content himself in making this hammock under the citrus trees. It provides a good rest area during the dry season when students are on semestral breaks. Staying under the trees is a better alternative to staying inside the house when its very hot and humid.
This is the biggest tree near our house, a mango tree. You can see the makeshift platforms brought up there by my nephew. Together with his friend John john, they let hours pass sitting in that makeshift platform.
Maybe my nephew's curiosity of having a tree house is a bit pacified when he did his platform.
The problem is that i cannot join him there, as i cannot haul myself up to reach that space.
I hope there will still come a time when a real tree house will show up, at a time I am still able to climb the stairs, makeshift or real.