What a difference a day makes. As the sun tracks a bit further south these days, it sets closer to Tafelberg on our neighbor island of Curacao. Tomorrow, clouds willing, it may set behind the mountain.
Tafelberg (Table Mountain) of Curacao with the Setting Sun…
I did the obligatory rounds—Bon Di Gro, Warehouse Bonaire, Van den Tweil, the Bonaire Food Group—all to no avail. I even went to Zhung Kong and Lucky Supermarket, Chinese outposts that often carry fresh produce. No luck. I was in search of limes. In the last two days, my poolside sundowner was missing the citrus. Sure, I had the requisite Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, sparkling water and ice. But there was no lime, no heart, no soul, no zing to my fling.
The fact was I could not find a lime anywhere on the island. Even last night at the Breeze n’ Bites Restaurant bar, the waitress just shook her head when a customer asked for a slice of green to go with his Corona. “The problems are in Venezuela,” said the woman. “They aren’t shipping fruit anymore-no bananas, no mangos, and of course, no limes. Things are really bad.”
Bad? You’re damn right, bad! What will happen to mojito night at Eddie’s? How about the rim-side trim for margaritas at La Cantina? Anyone dreaming of making a key lime pie? Forget about it. Thoughts of scurvy darkened my thoughts. This was an island crisis. There was trouble in paradise.
Back home on the hill, I sat defeated. I had exhausted all the possibilities of finding a lime. But wait! I had not check my lime tree in a month. I sprang out of the hammock and ran below to the banana grove. Hanging low on a bottom branch, there it was—a dark green whopper, the largest fruit that my little tree has yet produced. I plucked off the cue ball-sized sphere and immediately the air filled with a citrus scent, an amorous aroma, a tropical treat.
I could not believe my good fortune. I quickly looked around to ensure that no one had seen my discovery. All clear. I scampered up the stairs to find the Mount Gay. I was one lucky guy, proud owner of the last lime on the island. Squeeze time.