The Gleaners

Day 127 of 365

It has been a long day, but I did some writing on a topic that is so important to me–gleaning. I have been reading about it for years, but my interest in it goes back to my childhood when my great grandparents had a print of a painting hanging in their home. I was mesmerized by it.

Only later in life would I learn the painting was this one, called “The Gleaners” by Jean Francois Millet, a French Impressionist. I am writing about this painting and the importance of gleaning in my adopted home state of Maine for an upcoming issue of Modern Farmer. It’s a dream for me to write this piece for such a prestigious publication. I have worked hard, but I have so much anxiety about it.

My essay is due in the morning. It is finished minus my need for a better transition to the conclusion. I will have to sleep on it.

Isn’t this painting magnificent?

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