Excerpt from Studies in Home and Child Life
This field includes the private compound of the well-kept home where human lilies, roses and forget-me-nots bloom and go to seed, and also the wide, unfenced common where are grown those human tumble-weeds which are blown over the Sierras of the world's desola tion by every wind, until they are piled up against, or down into anything that happens to impede their progress. Strange plants are these, that never knew the anchorage of root or tendril; - that if they are ever harvested, must first be stopped in their wind-tossed career and gathered up, not by the cart load, but as individuals; and as individuals be replanted by the force of that love which alone can hold them down to the social soil until roots can be developed and culture applied. One terrible fact is that many of these tumble-weeds are simply degenerate garden plants, and that al most any of their contemporaries are exposed to the same possibilities. Each has a birth right oi cultivation; that careful, painstaking sort, that can be as interested in one as in a thousand.
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