A Toba boy and a Toba girl were in love. Since the girl was very beautiful, the others were jealous. One day they chased the boy away to the forest. The girl ran after him and never returned.

The people went to the forest to find them, but instead of the girl, they found a beautiful new tree. The tree has flowers and thorns. The flowers symbolize the love the boy and girl shared, and the thorns represent the pain they felt upon being chased from their village.


Story text and images © Lori Langer de Ramírez