November 29, 2012 2 Comments
This is a guest post from storyteller Doug Elliott, whose free e-newsletter offers occasional stories like this one. Doug’s storytelling DVD, and his books about nature for children and adults, would make great holiday gifts!
Sphagnum moss sure is an amazing plant! I’ve been hanging out in some wetlands lately, and with our son Todd attaining his 20th birthday, and a bunch of my friends having babies, I couldn’t help but reminisce about this old rolling stone’s moss gathering activities a couple of decades ago.
I just couldn’t get it out of my head!
Ever since I had seen the article in that old National Geographic Magazine about the Cree Indians, I hadn’t been able to get that picture out of my head. It showed a young Cree mom diapering her baby with sphagnum moss.
Wow! What a concept! I knew sphagnum moss well. I had seen it many times in my wanderings in wetland areas in various parts of the country. I had marveled at its pale green color and its soft, absorbent, spongy texture. I had picked it up by the handful and marveled at how much water I could squeeze out of it. One time I did a test with a bunch of dry sphagnum and a sensitive scale. I found out that it would hold 12 times its own weight in water. Read more…