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In my lifetime I've put many a mile behind me while pushing a lawnmower. We had a huge lawn when we lived in Tennessee and since I was a teenager when we moved there, the job of mowing that lawn fell upon me. After I moved away from home my parents bought a riding lawnmower, but I guess they figured that since I was young and healthy I would be just fine pushing a lawnmower for a few hours on a hot summer day. That story changed when they didn't have me to push the mower. I'm not sure why my younger brothers didn't have to push a mower, but apparently my father ended up mowing much of the time and that was enough to inspire him to buy a riding mower.
One job that I never had to do was rake leaves. There weren't any leaves back then in the late sixties and early seventies when I was living there. In the years after I moved away the trees in the yard grew bigger. Hence in fall there were leaves on the ground and somebody must have had to rake them up. Since I've rarely been in Tennessee during the fall since I left my parents' house, I haven't seen much in the way of fallen leaves.
That is until late fall of 2014 after my mother died. I stayed at my mother's house for a while in order to help get affairs settled. As a matter of fact I was there nearly a month in November and December. Since the young man who cut grass during the summer when the grass was growing didn't come during the winter, someone need to rake up the leaves that had accumulated in the yard. There was a leaf blower at the house, but I couldn't get it to work. So I found a rake and began raking. In that large yard raking was a formidable task.
I raked once while I was there and because it was so late in fall and there were no more leaves in the trees to fall onto the ground, that was the one and only time I had to rake. Raking was easier than pushing the mower on a hot day. Still I'm glad that I didn't have to do any raking back then. I would have done it if I had been given the chore, but thankfully the chore didn't exist when I lived there.
Let's face it--I'm not a fan of yard work. Even now I have somebody come over to cut my lawn where I live now. Not that it's a big job--our lawn is about the same size as our living room and that's not especially big. Our lawn guy has a blower and all the other lawn care tools to keep a well-manicured lawn for us. I don't need to buy tools or exert any effort. A few bucks twice a month is worth it to me.
Mowing the lawn when I lived with my parents was fine. It not only didn't kill me, it was also good exercise and a time to escape into my own mind while I walked in circles for a few hours. Mowing was my job after all. Raking leaves was the yard work I never had to do.
What kinds of household chores did you have to do when you were younger? Do you currently have a yard that you keep up yourself? Have you ever jumped into a pile of leaves?