Author: Zayd Saleem
Grandma finished her story happily smiling and said “Thank you for being an awesome listener and I hope my old time stories helped you appreciate Mother Nature.” I hugged Grandma as tight as I could and said, your great stories about these amazing native trees helped me use the Flamboyant (flam-boy-ant) tree to make music, use the Lignum Vitae (lig-num-vÿ-tee) tree to make medicine, use the Mahogany (ma-hog-a-nee) tree for its shade, use the joyful and happy flowers of the Saman (sa-man) tree and the Tibet (ti-bet) tree to lift my spirit, and use the Kapok (ka-pok) tree to remind me to be thankful of my ancestors. I love you Grandma and thank you for teaching me the real meaning of “When the Trees Come Alive.”
Zayd Saleem is a young man that hails from the beautiful island of St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands; where he obtained his formal education. He currently lives in Florida and serves in the U.S Air Force as a Histopathogy Technician. Before entering the U.S Air Force, Zayd mentored and counseled the youth of St.Croix on culture, nature and agriculture. Through his hardwork and dedication teaching the younger generation, Zayd discovered a new respect for the sustainable environment.