Humic is moist and earthy. Soil. Dirt. Decomposition. It is rich and fertile, the adjective form of humus, which is a favorite word of mine. It’s in my lexicon.
Humic is forest floors, especially when they are damp. Humic is the way the air smelled in New Orleans in the Garden District: resurrection ferns, cemeteries, life and decay, moisture just below the surface of the earth.
Humic. Humus. Human. I wonder what the roots of these words are. Earth? Humans from the earth? From Genesis, yes, we were made from earth. I’m going to have to look up the origins of the word human. When and where, what its root is. It seems coincidental for it to be so similar to humic and humus.
In evolutionary terms, it would make more sense for the name of life to come from the sea. For the name of us to come from the sea. Except I guess that would be the origin of all life, not just humans. We walk on land, so there’s the earth part, but lots of animals walk the earth. Am I’m even getting my evolutionary biology right? Surely the first life was in water, the first single-celled organisms?
My brain has lost so much.
Back to humic. I can’t wait to move to our new house and dig in the dirt again. I want a butterfly garden. Our garden in Florida was my daily delight after cultivating it for three or four or however many years. Searching for caterpillars and chrysalises, watching butterflies emerge. The way they perch on a leaf and dry their sticky wings before flying away. I know Florida butterflies but not Virginia ones. I’ve no idea the native host plants, the nectar plants. I can’t wait to start learning.
From Online Etymology Dictionary, Human (emphasis is mine):
(12c.), from Latin humanus “of man, human,” also “humane, philanthropic, kind, gentle, polite; learned, refined, civilized,” probably related to homo (genitive hominis) “man” (see homunculus ) and to humus “earth,” on notion of “earthly beings,” as opposed to the gods (cf. Hebrew adam “man,” from adamah “ground”).
For the month of April, I will be publishing a 10-minute free write each day, initiated by a prompt from my prompt box. Minimal editing. No story. Just thoughts spilling onto the page. Trying to get back into the writing habit.