Okay, so I have accomplished a lot in my 29 years. Once I got a hang of that potty-training stuff, I was pretty much unstoppable. There are quite a few things I still have not done in my life, though. I haven't attended a Broadway play, been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, or rolled in a barrel down Niagra Falls. One thing that I have managed to avoid for 29 years, however, is mowing a lawn.
Well, I did make one attempt many, many years ago. Mom, Dad, my sister Shannon, and I frequently helped my great-grandma out with housekeeping and yard work. One particular day I remember asking Dad if I could try mowing the lawn. I was about 9 or 10, and thought that it looked pretty easy to cut grass. Dad gave me the manual mower - the kind without a motor.
Three swipes through the front yard and Dad stopped me. He said I wasn't doing it right. When I looked back, it was obvious I was not one of those children that had a thing for straight lines. There were big patches of grass that were much longer than others. Defensively, I declared I would NEVER mow another lawn again. And I didn't.
Until yesterday, that is.
I think that if you saw the backyard, you wouldn't necessarily say it was mowed, though. You see, I'm house sitting. And dog sitting. I thought for sure the yard would mow itself. Or, the dogs would eat the grass to keep it nice and trim. Apparently, dogs are not goats and I did not receive the memo. In the garage was another one of those manual mowers, so went out and got to work. Kind of.
Have you ever tried to mow a lawn that got a little overgrown? How about with a manual mower? Thank my lucky stars the yard is fenced in and no one could see me because I'd have 5,000,000 hits on YouTube by now.
After about a half hour of going over the same spots and pulling grass out of the wheels I gave up. Then, this morning, I let the dogs out. When I went to bring them back in, there were two piles of fresh vomit. The dogs made like goats and tried to eat the grass, but threw it up.
So, I went on Craigslist and found about 15 people looking to mow lawns!! If there are people out there who are so passionate about cutting grass, who am I to deny them of this?