by Anna Lea Merritt, 1908

A really long day of weeding is a restful experience, and quite changes the current of thought. For some people it is more efficient than a rest cure. It is pleasantest to take a nine-hour day or such work when the earth is wet, or even in rain, because weeds come up more easily, root and branch, from wet earth. I never want an hour at noon for dinner, like the hired man, but would prefer to lunch like horses from a nosebag. It would save time, and especially the necessity of cleaning oneself. After such a day my fingers are bleeding, knees tottering, back bent, dress muddy and soaking, and shoes an offence to my tidy maid; but I have attained the most profound inward peace, and the blessed belief of having uprooted all my enemies.

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