Courtesy of J. K. Rowling, is that place where you hide your fears and fashion your dreams. It’s that place that’s exactly what you need at exactly that moment.
The house we bought in Sebastopol, it turns out, is endlessly extensible. It even came with it’s own Room of Requirement. In it’s first incarnation, the room was the sea.
The First Incarnation: the story of the sea
After the flood, clam and oyster and shellfish took up calcium and salts from the ocean and from these stores the engines of their DNA fashioned shell and carapace. Plankton and algae harvested sunlight and carbon dioxide, and in one of life’s most supreme acts created green breathing matter. The matter was consumed by other fish, krill and invertebrates who in turn were consumed by a diminutive carnivore from the family Salmonidae. These mighty fish hatched nearly on land, kept safe by the barest sheen of water. They grew and molted and shimmered down the tributaries to the open sea. Those that survived ranged the cold Pacific waters as far north as Alaska. Much of their lives to this day remain a mystery. What little we do know, however, concerns the laying of their spawn, and their tortured journeys back up stream in which they shed themselves of everything save the desire to reproduce. Forsaking even their own appetite, they cast themselves repeatedly against the current, battling against the gravitational and tidal pull of the rest of nature solely so that they may live. Once they reach gravel shoals, they lay and fertilize their own spawn. Spent, they survive only a short while longer. Their job is done. And in their consequent death they return once again to join us on land.
The salmon are required to do this. Life, their life, all life in the Pacific Northwest has pulsed for ten millennia with their return journey. It is why, in it’s second incarnation, the Room came to be a forest.