Life Lessons I’ve Learned… From Mowing the Lawn.
While my parents were out of town in NY for 5 days, I have had the run of the house. Living by myself in my humble apartment whilst in grad school at Indiana University is one thing, but being alone in a house made for a family is another thing entirely.
I was So.Bored.So.Lonely.
Anywho, my parents were scheduled to arrive home at midnight or later last night (or this morning, whatever) and I wanted to help my dad out a bit knowing he would have to get up early for work and had an exhausting weekend of walking around NYC, running the Brooklyn Half, and driving 13 hours home. I decided the most helpful thing I could do for him was to mow the lawn.
We have had lots of rain this spring already, and the lawn in growing like a boss. Seriously, it needs to be mowed just about every other day. So I knew that me doing it was one last thing he would have to come home to and deal with.
Yes, I have mowed the lawn before, but here are some things I learned this time:
–Have freshly shaven legs–or else lawn clippings will stick to them.
-Do not wear chapstick— or else you will be licking/eating lawn clippings.
-Do not blow bubbles with your gum— (same as above).
-Do not compare your
straight lines to your neighbors— it is like comparing yourself to Kara Goucher. You will never be as good as them.
-Sing as LOUD and as MUCH as you want-– the mower is noisy enough no one will hear 🙂
-If you have an old mower like us (20 yrs) workout with up-right rows— trying to start our mower took just about every ounce of strength I had. Thank goodness for my Crossfit Training…
-If you are injured and unable to run, try mowing a BIG yard— I find the zone-out, in-your-own-world sensation mimics that which I get running. (Not to mention I swear I pushed that mower miles and miles…makes it a workout!))
-When your neighbor busts out a Ferrari-esq mower next to you, play it cool— Act like you love the fact that your mower shakes/vibrates/stops-randomly/smokes/doesn’t-start…. I mean, old school things are in style, right?
-Don’t try and be “neat” with your mowing pattern— With trees, curves, porches, bushes, yard lights, mailboxes, random weird enclosed house spaces,etc trying to be “organized” in your approach is just a waste of time. Just go with the flow, and Mow.
…. this is all I can come up with right now, but I had many MANY thoughts going during my 3 hour mow session. Good thing my dad really appreciated it and I love him. That was not fun.
Who here mow’s their yard? Do you have a yard?
What are you having for dinner?
-I am having a burger and I am determined to enjoy it and eat the bun and not think about it!!! 🙂