The Slice of Life March Writing Challenge @ Two Writing Teachers – 31 days of a writing community.
Last night, as I was in the throes of wrestling whether to write for the March Challenge or NOT to write, my dear friend Margaret Simon shared words of encouragement and advice. Somewhere in her message, she mentioned the “resurrection fern”. Her description intrigued me so much that I had to immediately Google this fern and learn all about it.
The National Wildlife Federation describes it this way:
This remarkable plant can lose about 75 percent of its water content during a typical dry period and possibly up to 97 percent in an extreme drought. During this time, it shrivels up to a grayish brown clump of leaves. When it is exposed to water again, it will “come back to life” and look green and healthy. The plant gets its name from this supposed “resurrection,” but it never actually dies during the process.
I loved this part:
Habitat: Due to its ability to withstand drought, it can be found in variety of habitats, but it needs a host plant or other substrate on which to anchor. Resurrection fern often favors oak trees.
And here is what it looks like, growing within the embrace of an oak tree:
What does the resurrection fern have to do with writing all March long? Well, a lot, especially if one views the fern as a metaphor for my writing life, any writing life, really. Drought is a season most writers know all too well, it’s a season of struggling with what to say, how to say it, and whether one has the will to see the struggle through at all. Drought is my writing season at the moment.
The more I reflected upon Margaret’s message, the more I returned to this line:”it needs a host plant or other substrate on which to anchor”. This writing community is just such an anchor; it is our oak tree. Arriving to it, no matter how parched and hopeless I may feel about my writing self, I find the sustenance and encouragement I need to revive…bit by bit. The Slice of Life is my oak tree, as I suspect it is for others in this writing community, too. How fortunate we are!
Let #SOL17 writing challenge begin!