The Palo Verde’s Plight
Logic would tell most of us that, after months of the summer’s scorching 100-plus-degree desert heat, few things could grow, let alone thrive. I mean, we have reached the 110’s multiple times (and the temperature on the desert floor can skyrocket to 130 degrees or higher).
I’ve been so thrilled the past two weeks to see this new life pushing upward, bursting through the once rock-hard soil against all odds. The palo verde sprouts I’m seeing are so abundant, in fact, that they’re difficult not to trample during hikes and jogs. (I probably look like I’m hopping through a minefield in my own quest not to crush them)!
I often think, if they all survived, how green and lush the desert landscape would be. But I know from glancing around at the desert floor that only a handful will reach maturity. Even knowing that sad reality, it truly is amazing to see the miraculous rebirth of the desert after the monsoon rains.
For Writers: I can’t help but draw a parallel between these little sprouts and my quest for publication (and the quest of countless others). The palo verde is emerging in much the same way that I’m pushing and fighting my way through the novel-publishing process, trying to make my way to the top of the agent query pile, emerging as the full-time, published novelist I strive to be. Fingers crossed that I am one of the “palo verdes” who makes it!