Having received my undergraduate degree in the subject, I often find myself in a rabbit hole focused on words, their usage, their meanings, and their authors. Recently I went on a search for the use of lavender in literature to see how playwrights and poets have talked about the flower in their works. I discovered a quote from the play, ‘A Beggar on Horseback’, written by John O’Keefe in 1798. Full disclosure, I’ve never seen or read the play. I only saw this one excerpt out of context that resonated with me.
‘My dear, have some lavender, or you'd best have a thimble full of wine, your spirits are quite down, my sweeting', O’Keefe writes.