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A Stolen Pleasure

Friends who don’t garden can’t accept the idea that I am enjoying myself when I’m weeding. The myth that it’s drudgery, an unpleasant chore, is too much with us. Truth be told, weeding is a stolen pleasure, time all to myself. The monotonous rhythm of repeated action allows my mind to wanderβ€”my imagination unclogs, and the frustrations of daily life are washed away with the glow of perspiration.

Suzy Bales, “The Delights of Weeding”
The Gardener’s Bedside Reader, 2008

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