Redwood trees need fire for their forest to grow healthy. The underbrush is cleared, but the bark of the adult trees is fire-resistant, and their seed pods open in the heat of the flame. This forest burns every year, and every year it grows taller and stronger in the ashes. The bones of this house are made from redwoods. They make up the ribcage and spine and whisper secrets into the walls. These trees that watched humankind learn to write have thousands of stories to tell, of birds and rivers and fire in their bellies. They tell of the burning and the sprouting, new life emerging from the falling ash. They wait for this new world to burn, too, for the renewal that comes with beautiful flame.
Have you ever experienced something that felt like a “trial by fire”?