Our prompt for this week is to write about an experience from the last week. Last week we read/watched the Lorax and went to the water treatment facility. We also read Witness to the Rain, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
I am going to focus on my experience of the reading. I found it the most pleasant aspect of the week. I have never been a big fan of the Lorax, not sure why and the water treatment plant visit left me ill for a day or two after. I couldn’t shake the chemical smell from there for a couple of days, so it wasn’t a very pleasant experience. Not all experiences need to be pleasant to be written about, but I am choosing to write something I found pleasant. I need pleasant, I need calm, I need peace this week, this semester.
Kimmerer’s story about the rain brought about feelings of pleasantness, calm, and peace. In my first entries I talked about my connection to nature through water. I love the rain, not necessarily the getting wet part, but watching, listening, even being out feeling it. As I read the chapter, I felt myself smiling a rarity in this busy dreary never-ending winter semester. I found myself relaxing. I was with Kimmerer in that forest. I could see the drops forming and dripping in the different ways. I heard the drops plop, bionk into the puddle or the streaming. I saw myself catching the drops trying to keep the drop intact. I felt my claustrophobia kick, being under that log, reading faster to escape. When Kimmerer, talked about how wet and cold she felt, how she wanted to go in but didn’t. I was silently hoping she would stay out just about longer, I didn’t want the rain to end, I wanted to continue experiencing the rain.
The story left me feeling like I was there, and I am ready for and impatient for the spring rains. Maybe instead of watching from my window, I will go out and experience the drops for real when they come.
Wall Kimmerer, Robin. (2013). Witness to the Rain, in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge & the Teachings of Plants, pp. 293-300. Minnesota, MN: Milkweed Editions.