Sunday, June 6, 2010

Apple Leaves in the Rain


I often run brief fantasy scenarios in my head, perhaps as a result of not watching TV, but more likely just a mental "quirk" of mine. The scenarios almost always involve choices to be made in response to some kind of supernatural reduction in resources. Some examples:

- If you could only have one kind of tree to take on a spaceship to colonize another planet where nothing else yet exists, what would it be specifically?

- If you were to enter into a Brigadoon-like village for the rest of your life - separated from modern technology and materials, and would be imbued with a specialty skill/occupation to contribute, what would it be?

- If you were allowed just a dozen books to keep you company in isolated confinement for a year, what would they be?

I think my answer to the first scenario would be apple trees, specifically Rhode Island Greenings.

7 comments:

Petrea said...

I'd love to hear your answer to the second one. That's a tough one.

USelaine said...

It is tough. I may need to look up some list of early occupations for help...

How about you?

Petrea said...

I don't think I'd want anything controversial, like medicine woman or sorcerer, even though those might be positions of power. It might be nice to be a really good farmer. Better yet, brewmeister. I'd like to create something that comforts or entertains people.

USelaine said...

Perhaps I would be a soapmaker. Sure, lye might be involved, but so could roses and mint.

Petrea said...

A friend and I made soap for holiday presents last year. It was my favorite gift I ever gave. I want to do it again this year.

USelaine said...

There's a retired nurse here in Willits who makes and sells wonderful soaps. It just seems like a great niche to fill. I've never tried it myself.

Dina said...

Too many question, Elaine. You don't expect me to think in this heat, do you?
But the tree one is easy. I'd take the eastern strawberry tree.