It was the first mowing of the lawn and, in case you are unaware, I hate mowing the lawn.
After John did the requisite lawnmower maintenance, (gas, oil, reattaching loose parts, and mouse nest removal) I went to work on the lawn.
I cruised around contemplating if I could not mow the lawn anymore because we might be moving this summer. Failing to come up with a legitimate reason to justify that line of thought I continued unhappily driving in circles.
Until I hit a fence post. (Which, in my defense, was lying flat on the ground under the grass – at least until I mowed over it.)
Then I stopped.
And wondered why my list of things I’ve run over includes, wheelbarrows, tractor chains, logs, dog toys, golf balls, giant holes (that’s really more of a fall into) and now fence posts, (but not dead cats so that’s something).
So, I removed the offending fence post, got back on and went back to work contemplating ways to avoid mowing.
Suddenly a six inch long, wiggly, black, object flew up in the air and landed on my lap.
After the initial shock, realization settled in.
And wondered why I have never replaced my lawn with AstroTurf.
And bemoaned the fact that my least favorite chore now needs to happen on a weekly basis.
And mentally grumbled about a trip to the hardware store.
But then I realized that with one sleeping kid, one about to get on the bus to come home from school, two days of rain in the forecast and a shredded belt, I had no time to make it to the hardware store. No time to mow any more lawn before the rains came and therefore no point in even attempting the lawn mower fix this afternoon.
And, no matter the condition of the lawnmower or how poorly the rest of the day went, I always consider not mowing the lawn to be a positive state of being.
Written in response to Prompts for the Promptless Episode 12 – Silver Linings hosted by Rarasaur.
I liked this prompt ,it is why I blog, to find the silver linings – well, that and to not become a ferret .