I am the regular lawn-mower at our house.
I used to think of it was a man-job, and didn’t really consider doing until my mom asked, somewhat scandalized, why I let Jay keep mowing the lawn when it attacks his allergies so badly.
He had this whole system of putting on long pants, tucking his cuffs into his socks, etc. Then he still had to shower as soon as her finished if he didn’t want his eyes and skin to be itching horribly afterward.
Honestly, it never entered my mind, and I was happy to take over once I actually noticed.
It’s proven very nice for me too. I am able to gift Jay with something important to him– a nice-looking lawn, and I get both necessary exercise and time to myself with my iPod (we always use hearing protection, and that goes a long way to putting me in my own little world).
Weekend before last I was mowing along listening to the playlist I have for one of my novels (I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve always loved ordering my music in a sort of home-made soundtrack for the stories in my head), and I came upon a dog-bomb I’d missed in my pre-mow sweep.
Thankful I’d seen it before I mowed it, I stopped the mower and found a shovel to clean up. As I bent to collect the wad, a Kenny G song reached the vocalist part:
I was thinkin’ that I’d always be lonely but God came up with someone like you… Just to think I had made up my mind love was over…
And I had to laugh, of course.
In a perfect world, this is what all that romanticism leads to: the straight life. The world where you push a mower once or twice a week all summer and pick up dog poop.
And God knows I wouldn’t want it any other way.