The Dandelion Plant Metaphor
Arabs seem to have noticed the similarity between stories and plants and, thus, used the same world in Arabic, “narwee” in the plural, to refer to the rule of the people nurturing both: watering plants and telling stories. Both embody the spirit of regeneration.
In both, the air is what transmits them: in planet, the wind transfer seeds; and in stories, the air transfers sounds and words.
In both, planting something occurs: planting images in the imagination of people and feelings in the heart of children in the case of stories, and planting seeds in the heart of the soil in the case of plants. Both grow as a result of natural processes, as part of living.
In both, new seeds and stories are born, regenerated. Perhaps the most beautiful aspect of the similarity between seeds and stories is the fact that both do not recognize artificial borders; both cross borders without hesitation ,fear, or visas –and they always find recipients with welcoming arms on the other side !they find soils where stories and seeds can grow ,spread ,and regenerate.
A Pebble by the sea Book by Munir Fasheh, Hakaya project.