Two ghostly women watched in awe as the machinery did in minutes what they had done in hours and days when they lived.
“We tended the sheep. We helped them birth their lambs. We helped with the shearing, and the carding, and the cleaning. “
“Yes. And all winter we spun, and then we wove or knitted. Cloaks, gloves, stockings, hats—blankets, shirts, leggings.”
“All while birthing our own babes; gardening, preserving food, tending children, cleaning, sewing, doing laundry in tubs we filled with buckets from the river.”
“Is this better?”
“No. Different is not always better.”