Essay — In the weeds

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Close up of healthy grass blades
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With the goal fixed firmly in sight

Field of healthy grass
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The first problem could not impede

Small weed surrounded by grass blades
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Problem two loomed tall in the light

Tall weed in field of grass
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And the dream was lost in the weeds

Yard full of weeds
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Do you give in to the weeds?



HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter duo who write family-friendly fiction from their studios in Carpenter Country, a magical place that, like their stories, is unreal but not untrue. When they’re not writing, the Carpenters enjoy exploring the Land of What-If and practicing the fine art of Curiosity. Visit Carpenter Country at


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