I "celebrated" my half-birthday by doing something I'd never done before: mowing the lawn. Or should I say, part of the lawn. For the past several months, Eric and I have been coming up with personal challenges for each other. That's a topic for another day, but suffice it to say that the latest challenge my husband bestowed on me was to learn how to use the mower.
Some of you may wonder how I made it 31 1/2 years without ever mowing the lawn. And perhaps there are other women out there who, like me, never needed or cared to know. Eric showed me the basics (with Nathan putting in his two cents), and then sent me on my merry way to cover the easier half of our large front yard.
Here are some of my rookie observations:
*I could not get that thing started. Eric kept saying to pull harder, and I felt like I was giving it all I had!
*I've heard people say before that mowing the lawn is good exercise, and I admit I've always laughed a little to myself. Whew--now I get it! Pushing that machine around was definitely a workout.
*Sigh. Straight lines are much harder to achieve than I expected. I've never been a fan of activities that involve a lot of precision. Sewing comes to mind, as does cutting hair. I remember how nervous I was when I first started cutting Eric's hair. Talk about uneven! Thankfully, I've now had years of practice and I also use a clipper set that is very forgiving. As far as mowing the lawn is concerned, I certainly left room for improvement next time. If there is a next time! =)
*I'm not sure I want to write this as it means Eric will read it and follow through, but this experience did make me more interested in learning other skills I've always put in the "man category," such as grilling and car maintenance. (Some future challenge inspiration, perhaps?)
Enlighten me, ladies: do you mow the lawn at your house?