Friday, 8 May 2009

About Lawn Care

James and I went to a Focus on the Family marriage seminar many years ago. The speaker,
Dennis Rainey, made the comment that "You can't raise kids and a lawn at the same time." At the time we had two elementary age daughters and they were easy. They were so easy that not only could we raise them and a lawn, but we had a great vegetable garden and I canned all of our own tomato sauce. Dennis Rainey obviously didn't know about our superior parenting abilities.

Here we are these many years later with 10 kids in the house to include 5 boys under the age of 11. Things have changed. James works hard to mow the lawn between work and church and taking kids to their various activities. And when he finally finds the time to mow, he's zig-zagging between footballs and buckets and swords left hidden in the grass. He does take some small pleasure in running over plastic toys to see how they shred under the blades.

Our superior parenting skills have been so dilluted that I feel good when we arrive at church and everyone is wearing shoes. Forget canning when you can buy a jug of Ragu at Wal-Mart for less than $2.

Dennis Rainey was right....that's my excuse.


Great-Granny Grandma said...

If anyone was ever gifted with superior parenting skills, it would have to be you and James. You are awesome.

smallgreenriver said...

There is a certain pleasure that comes with the sound of toys mincing in the mower blades....

Duckygirl said...

I think that pleasure is similar to legos in the vacuum cleaner :)