Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Satisfaction of Evening Chores

Bringing in the wood, filling the lamps, drawing up the night water, those were part of winding up the day.  They became routine chores, and I remember thinking once as I brought in an armful of wood: How did I end the day in the city? With this feeling of content?  With this simplicity of making ready for the night? With this knowledge of a day lived fully and richly?  There is a significance to me in the evening chores.  They settle my account for the day.  They sum up, add, and total another turning of the earth, and generally I come to the end of the day replete with happiness.  

-- Janice Holt Giles, 40 Acres and No Mule

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