Tearing Out The Baobabs – A Daily Chore: Saint-Exupery


On the planet where the little prince lived, there were good plants and there were bad plants… there were some terrible seeds on his planet and these were the baobab seeds. The soil was infested with them. A baobab is something you will never, ever be able to get rid of if you leave it too late, it spreads over the entire planet and bores clear through it with its roots… ‘it is a question of discipline’, the little prince told me- ‘when you finish washing and getting dressed in the morning, it is time to attend to your planet, just so, with the greatest care. You must see to it that you regularly tear out all the baobabs, at the very first moment that they can be distinguished from the rose bushes which they so closely resemble in their earliest youth. It is very tedious work, but very easy. Sometimes there is no harm in putting off a chore until another day. But when it is a matter of baobabs,that always means catastrophe’.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 1900-1944

Le Petit Prince, 1943

The illustration is copyright: Nazzu via Shutterstock
The illustration used in the original book is still in copyright, but you can see it here:

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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