Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

May 20, 2010

Grass Cutting

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

I like to cut grass.  I really do. I have always enjoyed it, regardless of the lawn mower.  I go a long way back with lawn mowers. 

Actually, I did a lot of grass cutting with the old “sling blade.”  That would reveal that I did some vacant lots where mowers could not be used.  The mower that I grew up with was like the one in the photo.  These are called a “Walk Behind Reel Mower.”  As I would say, “It is a ‘real’ mower!”

The steel blades turned with the wheels.  The speed was controlled by how fast you push.  The wheels were also steel and had no rubber.  It was very difficult to mow if you were young and small of stature.  That I was!  I was not tall enough to walk behind the long handle with the bar that you grasp with your hands to push.  I had to put one hand on that bar and place the other hand down low on the handle, almost to where the handle fastened to the mower.  Picture it!  I am pushing with one hand and pulling with the other!  As I got older, I could stand behind the mower and push, but not at a sufficient speed to go far.  I would push it three or four feet, back up about a foot, give a  fast, hard push,  and go another three of four feet.  I am sure it was a fellow with my experience who invented a power mower!

Yet, as hard as it was, I have seen it harder!  In Costa Rica, our yard man, Antonio, used only a machete.  He would keep that machete razor sharp.  He would lean over and cut that grass incredibly short without ever hitting the ground with that machete.  I am sure he would have delighted even to have had my old reel mower!

I still love cutting grass.  There are those who would say that at my age and with my health, I should not be doing it.  You might agree with them when you know more.  I do not have a riding mower and we have a half-acre.  But I assure you it is good exercise. I also do my best mental blogging while cutting the grass.   And during this season, the grass must be cut twice a week!  I am glad I enjoy it because it contributes to my plan to live to be 100 years old (See blog, January 19, 2010, entitled Fourth Quarter of Life).

Sometimes I am ready to cut my yard before it is ready!  Please notice I said “my yard” not yours!  No, I am not for hire even though I love cutting grass.  I do have sufficient to cut.  And, honest confession, there are some times I don’t care to do it when it needs to be done.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the grass would cooperate with our schedules?

What’s the point of this blog?  Just reminiscing about grass cutting.  But then to express a positive attitude about something that some people don’t like to do.  And, I guess, to help some realize it can contribute to living to 100 years old. It is great exercise walking behind a mower!  Remember, I have a plan to live to 100 — so far the plan is working!

” . . . and be happy in his work — this is a gift of God. He (man) seldom reflects on the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.”  (Ecclesiastes 5:19,20)  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”  (Colossians 3:23)




1 Comment »

  1. Pastor Jolly: This is so like Johnny. The work to keep a yard up can be so much pleasure or so much work, according to whoever is speaking of it. God gave us what we have to enjoy. Doris

    Comment by drswht28 — June 8, 2014 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

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