I used to pretend I could find my way home by the moss on the trees, or the leaves of the compass plant in the prairie. That was my Illinois. A grassland spotted with rivers and forests. An existence on the verge of a great adventure.
But that was Illinois and this is California.
I don’t recognize many of the plants here, and I don’t know any wives tales about them. I can’t find any discernable moss on any part of a tree around here.
There are a lot of long nights of highway driving between where I write these words, and where I was born to do so. highway homesick blues.
Hearts and ideas going by like the tops of the telephone poles through the window while you lay on your back across the whole backseat while your friend drives.
Driving across the country I grew up in helped me fall in love with a whole planet.
To be embraced and cared for. Fragile like eggs in a backpack full of hatchets.
I’d heard it sung:
“Picture a bright blue ball,
Just spinnin’, spinnin, free.
Dizzy with the possibilities.”
Too look over my shoulder tonight at Illinois and all it taught me, It leaves me feeling blessed for this opportunity to try my hand at an age old craft, and with my time, give something to the world to help it see it’s own beauty tied into the thread of our life in Earth’s natural kingdom. And California seems a fine place, with great biodiversity…..and The Grateful Dead are from here so yeah.