April 01, 2005

Why the grass is long

Most of our snow disappeared this week. We'll have a few more snowstorms in April, but that snow will melt quickly. It always seems funny this time of year to have no walls around the driveway, no snowbanks along the road. With any luck, I can put the snow shovels away until October.

This morning when I walked out to pick up a few odds and ends left over from the winter - a plastic toboggan hidden in the side woods, a roll of duct tape hanging on a tree branch - I noticed how long the deadish grass on the lawn is. (I use the word lawn kind of loosely here - it's the land nearest the house that I mow to keep down the poison ivy.) Then I remembered that there was a reason I stopped using the lawn mower last fall.

I remember mowing the lawn on a gorgeous day last September. I must have had papers to grade or something because I remember that being outside in the sunshine was some kind of guilty pleasure. As I mowed the lawn, I could smell the scent of burning. How nice, I thought, here I am in the country, surrounded by the beauty of nature, with the great autumn smell of burning leaves. As I mowed, I was noticing the blue of the sky, the leaves on the birch trees turning yellow, the feel of the sun on my forearms, and it was all so wonderful that I felt like a character in a cliche.

Then I thought to myself: Why does that burning smell seem to be so close by? And what neighbor would be home during the day on a Tuesday?

Then it occurred to me to look down. Flames were shooting from lawn mower. Damned lawn mower was on fire.

9 comments:

Nels said...

Yikes! You can't just end like that. I mean, we know you're okay, but how did you put it out?

Psycho Kitty said...

LOL. Can I use that story? I don't have such a good excuse...

Phantom Scribbler said...

Too funny! That's why we have the old-fashioned non-motorized kind of lawnmower.

(And, yes, I know that our lawnmower is only practical because we have five square feet of yard.)

jo(e) said...

Nels, I just let go of the safety bar on the lawn mower, which turned it off, and walked away. Then I watched from a distance until the flames died down and rolled it into the garage, where it still is.

Phantom, I wish we could use a lawn mower that required no fuel but right now we are mowing a field rather than anything that resembles a lawn. Our neighbors mainly have tractors.

Pilgrim/Heretic said...

Ooooo! Now that's my kind of lawn-mowing.

Rana said...

Hee! Between you and P/H, I'm getting a much needed dose of giggles.

(Both of you have the timing of these things down pat. *beams* )

Psycho Kitty said...

Remind me to tell you the naked lawn mowing story one day...

PPB said...

Girlkitty wants prior warning before I read any future posts of yours. Loud outbursts of laughter are disturbing to cat naps.

Songbird said...

I was quite disoriented by the width of my front walk this morning. When I went out of town on Wednesday, the snow was still encroaching; now it's nearly all gone.
I love those old-fashioned lawnmowers, and that charming sound they make, but my husband says it's a pain to sharpen the blades. And since he cuts the grass, I'm not arguing.