So that I remember // my first day in the field.

 

 

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I worked 9 until 7, planting 3,000 lily bulbs, lugging 40 pound bags of dahlia tubers out of, and then back into, a basement. I seeded twenty trays worth of larkspur (that a few days later, were eaten by what we suspect are mice) and when I made it home, could barely get through a shower. I fell into bed and tried to read, but couldn't focus. I went to make dinner and my back, my knees, would not let me. I was so achey that I was stuck. That night I didn't wake up once, even to pee or get water like I normally do. But it's a good feeling, working with your whole body. A new kind of tired.'

 

Above: Dahlia haul