PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
It started with a YouTube of how to turn hemp plants into rope. Serendipity struck when her DNR newsletter offered classes on survivalism and building simple dwellings with wood and mud.
As she scooped clay from the river bank and mixed it in the pit, she felt like a child again. As others chopped and notched saplings, she felt part of a community. That chill evening, mud fireplace crackling, the smoke rising through the chimney, each grubby person sat on benches inside of the hut. Sipping libations from tea to whiskey, they laughed, their fatigue worn like badges of honor.
This story is part truth, part fiction. My son directed me to a channel he watches on YouTube called, Primitive Technology. I watched a video of the guy building a mud and wood home and was impressed. The next day a video of turning hemp plants into rope showed up in my facebook feed. I watched that and sent the link to him. Yesterday, reading my DNR newsletter, I read about a series of classes being offered this summer, and one of them was about survivalism and bushcraft. Am seriously thinking about taking it.
Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the illuminating host of Friday Fictioneers.