Passing of the Mowing Rites


Country MoonAs spring draws near, at least on the calendar, thoughts turn to mowing grass instead of plowing snow. There is always something that needs done.

We have a 3-acre yard. Enough said, it is a pretty big chore. When we first moved here we had two small riding lawn mowers. Each Thursday evening, weather permitting, Jim and I would both start to mow and four hours later we would have a well-manicured lawn. Then, in 2007 when Jim retired , we bought a 60-inch cut, zero-turn mower. In four hours he can now have the entire lawn done by himself. Go figure!

When it comes to the yard, he is a perfectionist. I have to admit the yard always looks nice, sometimes almost too perfect. When that stubborn buckhorn shows up he has been known to mow over it twice, once in each direction, because he can’t stand to see any of it standing up where he has already mowed.

This year, however, will be a little different. Jim has had a few health issues and, at least for the first part of the summer, he won’t be able to mow. That poses a perplexing problem for him. He is not a good on-looker and he is definitely not ready to let anyone else take over, even temporarily. The two prospects he has are myself and our grandson Wyatt.

I have never even sat on the zero-turn mower, not alone driven it. Jim just felt I couldn’t handle it.  I don’t know why because I have never given him reason to think this way. Never mind that I was told I could turn shorter than I was turning on the old riding lawn mower and hit a small rut and broke the wheel. Never mind that I walked too fast with the push mower and the back wheels fell off. These were just circumstances, definitely not my fault.

Wyatt did mow a little last year, so at least he has a feel for it. The problem is Wyatt is 12 going on 25 and thinks he knows everything about mowing and I am 58 and don’t know half as much as I should know. Together we should make a pretty good team!

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