GBWP 6/15 Log- Jade Saylors
Today in GBWP we decided to take a little (mental) field trip. We found ourselves in a charming scene, which prompted the discussion of how charmed all of our lives are. Heather shared about a little town she happened upon, Heber, which proved to encompass the definition of charming perfectly from the quaint shops to the lovely, southerners who inhabited the town.
One subject shifted to another and as we were walking. Between taking drinks out of her chick-fil-a cup, Heather told us about the coolest female tattoo artist she has ever met. It left us all dreaming of which literary quote we could have tatted on. Jordan shared the introduction to an essay, the way it flowed together was poetic.
As we approached a serene forest, with woodland creatures scurrying about, Laura took care of a few housekeeping tasks on our to-do list. Jordan would send out tomorrow’s prompt, Jade would take today’s log, and April would take the next log. We spent the next few minutes reading over other Writing Project participants works, submitting our own to be read, and leaving constructive comments on people’s work. As we continued to walk through the forest, we came to a clearing.
We all sat down in the sunny space on logs and rocks that seemed to be placed there just for us and Bridget said she would share some wisdom on how to teach archetypes to students. We went over our own descriptions of what a hero is, finding a key theme in all of them. The hero was the good guy who overcame some kind of trial to do the right thing as deemed by societal norms.
As we were sitting, a great bear strolled up. How fitting, we thought since this is the Great Bear Writing Project. He looked at us, marvelling over his strength and stature, and asked us then, why we weren’t writing. Good point. So we pulled our our writing journals as Bridget led us through an adventure.
We were taken next to a lake, the crystal water was perfect to dip our toes in. We chuckled over listening to each other’s stories. Sam’s were getting increasingly fantastical as the journey continued. Heather’s ideas seemed practical, use what you have in your toolbox to defeat any problems. April’s seemed most realistic, I prefer to talk through an issue over a good meal myself.
As we adventured around the lake, we found a small opening in the ground, a cave. Everyone had different ways to describe this place. Some found it to be the darkest place they’ve ever seen, while others notices rays of light filtering in from the cave ceiling. I saw a waterfall but nobody else did. I’m not sure how they missed that.
After exhausting our cave descriptions, we moved on. Now we were at a wall, not a metaphorical one but a real one. We all agreed it was sturdy, though we couldn’t agree on building materials. Sam kept putting his ear against it saying it was playing music to him. Finally, our wise instructor Bridget pulled out her secret map to explain the “Jung writing journey” we had just taken. She explained to us the meanings behind each of the artifacts we described in our stories, the cup represented how you see a close relationship, the forest represented how we viewed life, the key is how we viewed education, the bear represented how we handled problems, the lake represented how we viewed marriage, the cave how we viewed death, and the wall how we viewed our spiritual self. It was quite fun to hear what everyone had to say about their interpretations of their stories. In the end we all ended up back at our computers. We learned we would not see everyone tomorrow due to circumstances beyond our control, but would reconvene on Wednesday.