During the cold, wet, seemingly endless winter when more people than not are discontent, dreams focus on springtime and sitting in the sun and leaving the windows open.
I think about the lawn mower.
Later on I think about hot Georgia afternoons and start looking for the first signs of autumn’s more civilized weather. After my wife and I finished planting six more flowering trees, we wandered over to the riding mower out of curiosity.
It started on the first try, bless its heart.
Now that we’ve started the lawn mower, the grass has suddenly gotten the idea that it should grow like there’s no tomorrow. I know there’s going to be a tomorrow: I saw it in the weather forecast which said, “Warmer temps just perfect for lawn mowing.”
Now the grass looks like we’ve never bothered to mow it and in a rural area where people often use combines to cut trim their front yards, it gets kind of hard to go outside during the day time in the grass is tall enough to bale.
Naturally all the gasoline cans were empty. They’re full now and the car smells like the BP station.
I’m almost ready to sit on my riding mower with an ice bold beer in the cup holder and dream of snow and old man winter.
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2 thoughts on “Springtime means trying to start the lawn mower”
Up in these parts you won’t get a lot of support for wishing for an early winter. Lawn mowers are a lot easier and more fun to use than snow blowers.
I could have used a snow blower to get our rental car out while visiting my daughter’s family in Maryland during the big blizzard. Only had a shovel. Maybe we’re better off with lawn mowers.
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