The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year. The lavender fingers are growing long and feathery. The cherries are dripping off the branches. The sweat builds up in creases and crevices, making collection sites for dirt, dust, and other particulates, almost ready to host a micro garden on the body. And we are, after all, just gardens. Gardens of microbes, gardens of emotional growth and decay; stasis and dynamism. Gardens of plentiful ancestral knowledge, whose roots wander and plunge into the darkness and whose foliage seeks the light. The Light! Solstice is a time to celebrate and invite the light of day into our lives. It also makes us realize the importance of the dark. The heat of the high desert dissipates with the sunset and the cool of the night, though brief, is deeply reassuring.
The Mobile Moon bus is tucked into a friend’s driveway by the Jordan River Canal. The view out the windshield points towards the Wasatch Cohousing common house. The back window looks over the water to the industrial district of West Salt Lake City. A Siberian Elm tree overhead strokes the roof when the wind blows and when it rains sweet relief on the dry city the sound is like applause. I like to imagine that the rain applauds all the seedlings and nodes of mycelium so that even the shy ones can puncture the soil crust without fear.
Since the last update, the bus has a new dutch door (see photos), dynamic custom shelving, hot water kettles, and a cozy assortment of mugs. Mugs to hold teas of all different flavors and energies... Tea creates space for medicine and melancholy and amazement. We are trying to hold a busful of ideas in order to remember them later. We are constantly learning how to do this, making mistakes, and adapting.
We continue to build out this chariot of botanical bounty and hope that it will make positive changes. Active, diverse communities make life persist more beautifully. The punitive immigration policies recently put in place are a sickening juxtaposition to the freedoms that Summertime should facilitate. Children should spend their Summers learning the plants in the forest and building treehouses, not behind bars. The Mobile Moon Co-op does not endorse separating families at the border. Period.