Many Hands Make Light Work: So True

Many Hands Make Light Work: So True

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Tess Wilson
Sep 6, 2011

I stopped in my tracks when I saw this screenprint this morning — my mom has said "Many hands make light work" to me and my brother since we were little. Whether carrying in groceries or unpacking the car after visiting our grandparents, it's so true, and such an elegant way to say it…

According to Dictionary.com, "This proverb was first recorded in English in the early 1300s in a knightly romance known as Sir Bevis of Hampton. It appeared in practically all proverb collections from 1546 on." The 1300s! It's nice to think that for 700 years people have been saying "Many hands make light work" rather than "You all better help me", or "Start helping now!" Light work has such a pleasant ring to it — who wouldn't want to do some nice, light work? I'm sure this didn't stop my brother and me from internally grumbling, but it made us gently realize that we could each carry a bag or two of groceries, or my mom could carry all of them herself, and nobody wants their beloved mom to have to carry all the groceries.

This screen print is handprinted in England by the Bold & Noble design collective. Hang it where all members of your household can read it, and see how effortlessly things get done.

Image: Room6

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