The Quote-

"Parenthood is why some animals eat their young"

-by Someone Really Smart

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Dedicated To Linda

Behold your maker, green blades of filth! Dare you grow more than two inches in a yard under the jurisdiction of one such as I? May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits! You will soon know the wrath of hard, cold steel against your sides and live a long, painful life! MWAHAHAHA!!

Anyone that knows me knows that I do not mow lawns. It has nothing to do with getting dirty or physical labor- I just DON'T mow lawns. It's a man's thing. No one knows this more than my mother-in-law, Linda. When we were in California visiting her and Steve last year, we would look at houses together. If we saw a house with a big yard, she'd say, "Remember, you don't want a yard that's too big. If Kent's too busy, you'll have to mow it." I'd kindly explain to her that I simply don't mow lawns. That's a man's job. And if Kent was gone, then I'd hire some young entrepreneur to do it.

Well, the missionaries in our ward live in a house rather than an apartment. We drive by their house every day because it's on the main road to and from town. And everyday I would think, "Wow, that yard looks awful!" The grass was about a foot high, and there were weeds everywhere. It wasn't necessarily that bad, in hindsight. Keep in mind, however, that by comparison it was pretty bad. People often call DuPont, "Pleasantville" and for good reason- every single yard is manicured. It's a very clean neighborhood. So Kent and I took it upon ourselves to take care of their yard. They have better things to do. So this past Saturday we realized it needed another mow. Kent was tired, and so was I. But I didn't want him to have to mow both lawns, because ours needed mowing, too. So I decided that I'd mow our lawn. It was a big step for me. Understand that I swore off mowing lawns- but I knew Kent was really tired.

Needless to say, the local golf course won't be hiring me as their groundskeeper. There was no discernible pattern, and I had to go around the tree in our front yard about four times. But I thought Linda would be proud of me- she probably knows how much willpower, courage, perserverence, and sweat this took for me. And I did it all in my rockin' pink rain boots.


Nicole Saunders said...

I haven't even read the post yet, BUT: Whoever thinks Stephanie doesn't look like Taylor- would you please look at this picture w/the mower and then scroll down to the pic of Taylor with the exact same expression on his face! I mean, come on.
ps- I want some cute yard/rain boots now.

Craig said...

Oh, you can go ahead and get those pink boots, right after you mow the lawn.....

Nicole Saunders said...

Ok, I read it. Can I just say- I love when I find out that someone is just like me. I couldn't agree more with the whole lawn mowing- thing. In my family the men did the outside work and the women did the inside work- generally speaking. And let me just say when winter hit in MN- I felt darn lucky to be on the ladies team. I did mow once- its was disastrous. The mower didn't move or turn at all like the vacuum!? Remember, Craig? At least I don't have to worry about being asked to do it again anytime soon. (heh heh heh)

Linda said...

Yea Stephanie! Now was it really that hard? I'm proud of you, you just sucked up your pride and did it. I'm sure Kent really, really appreciated it. The boots have sure come in handy threre. Keep up the good work.
You're awesome.

kathryn said...

Stephanie *sigh* never let them know you can mow the lawn!!!! Big mistake.