Rising Up Rooted

sharing nature's bounty

Image credit indirafallen.deviantart.com

One of our favorite picture books tells the story of a boy and his father who built a cabin in the woods. They made it strong to keep the forest’s creatures out and constructed a tight fence around the garden they started. But everything went wrong. The digging and chewing of all sorts of animals weakened their chimney, breached their food supplies, picked apart their foundation. The man and the boy wondered what they were doing wrong. They wondered if the forest didn’t want them there. Gradually they learned to share the food and warmth of their lives. They were rewarded with the forest’s bounty and even better, with a sense of peace. (We can’t remember the title of the book, only that it was one we got out of the library over and over.)

I was reminded of that story, improbably, by a news item about a blueberry farmer who battled to keep gophers out of his fields. He gave up in defeat, afraid they would devastate his plantings. Instead the gophers are helping his blueberry crop thrive.

We’re all tutored to believe that it’s “us versus them” and we have to get our share. But that leaves us hiding in a proverbial cabin of ignorance, unaware of the real wealth around us. There’s a lot to be learned from gophers just as there is to be understood as we leave behind limiting terms like “pests” and “weeds” to discover a wider way of seeing.

If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.

Rainer Maria Rilke

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of "Free Range Learning," a handbook of natural learning and "Tending," a poetry collection. She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she's a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, ponder life’s deeper meaning, talk to chickens and cows, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art. Blog: lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/ FB: facebook.com/FreeRangeLearningCommunity FB: facebook.com/SubversiveCooking FB: facebook.com/laura.euphoria Twitter: @earnestdrollery
This entry was posted in animal relations, nature and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s