Here in Stoughton, Massachusetts it is absolutely freaking beautiful outside. There isn't a cloud in the sky, it is warm and spring is definitely in the air. I ran around and opened all the windows in my house. The breeze was blowing and I smelled something fabulous. It was a scent I loved but I had trouble placing it, it had been months since I smelled it last. It couldn't be, could it? Then as I heard the buzzing through my bedroom window I confirmed my suspicion, fresh cut grass, in March. Needless to say the lawn mowing that was being done certainly wasn't coming from my yard but from George, my neighbor for the past twelve years, also known as the man with the fantastic yard.
I really do love spring but what I dread is the yard work. I don't think dread is the right more, more like hate, despise, loath. In the fall I usually let the leaves lie where they land, hoping that some wind will take them away (and into George's yard, he is much better it picking them up than me) but alas, it never happens. That means that come spring time I am left with a big pile of crap to deal with and no motivation to do it. At the moment my back yard is pretty much dirt. Last summer we got rid of the swing set that the kids never used anymore and it left a big gaping mud pit in it's place. We planned to plant grass, planned being the operative word.
So now here is George, out mowing is beautiful lawn and I start feeling guilty. Should I be out doing the same? Or should I pick up a rake and get rid of the leaves. Damn, it is Sunday, my one day off of the week, do I really need to spend it like that? Tomorrow is Monday, I would much rather do it then because after all, nobody likes Mondays. Oh wait, back to work tomorrow so that's out. Ugh, the guilt was really mounting. Thoughts of how fresh and clean the yard looks after a good raking crossed my mine. I could rake and then BBQ, it was a perfect night to BBQ and I wouldn't want to with the yard looking like crap. Decisions, Decisions, what to do?
Well, I ended up doing what every other underachieving home owner does. I got my husband and kids together, loaded them into the car and left. Left the smell of cut grass, left my shabby looking lawn and most importantly left the sound of the lawn mower next door reminding me that I am just delaying the inevitable, another year of lackluster landscaping. And I loved every second of it, enjoying a beautiful day out with my family.