And I mean the kind that doesn’t go up in smoke.
Anyways . . .
It needed to be mowed. Regularly.
Something I watched my older sister and brothers do millions of times.
Okay, it seemed like millions.
Have you gotten the idea I envied them?
Well, I did.
Even though our mower wasn’t one of those swanky ride-on types that would have been . . . you know . . . fun, but was, instead the good old push type. Electric.
With a fifty-foot cord.
When I was nine, dad handed me the . . . umm . . . plugin, and told me to get to work.
My day had come!
His only advice: Avoid anything sharp and cutty, generally anything under the mower.
Oh, and start near the plug and work out from there.
I was a bit nervous, but for the first two passes, I did well.
Then I forgot rule two.
Which led to forgetting rule one.
I decided I needed to backtrack.
An interesting thing about electric cords: They aren’t intuitive.
And never leap out of the way.
And when things sharp and cutty pass over them, they . . . erm . . . cut.
With varied and interesting results.
First, the mower quits.
And no amount of flipping the switch is going to turn that sucker back on.
Second, the two ends of the cord, one of which is spitting sparks, lie in the grass.
Another interesting note: If you take the two ends and try to force them together without first unplugging the live one, all sorts of pyrotechnics erupt. And the two ends don’t magically re-attach. Just FYI.
I survived. (I know you were concerned.) I then went to my father in tears and he accompanied me back to the scene of the crime and effected necessary repairs.
Tears forgotten, I was soon ‘back in the saddle again’.
Participating bloggers pick 4 - 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post.
That's the challenge. Here's a fun twist: no one who's participating knows who got their words and in what directions the writer will take them until the day and time that we all simultaneously publish our work.
This month, my words came from: My Brain on Kids. http://mybrainonkids.net
Work, Nervous, Nine, Utopian, Swanky
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Here are the other participants:
Baking In A Tornado http://www.bakinginatornado.com/2016/07/use-your-words-cocktails-hawks-and.html
Southern Belle Charm http://www.southernbellecharm.com
Not That Sarah Michelle http://notthatsarahmichelle.blogspot.com
Spatulas on Parade http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/2016/07/spiced-banana-honey-roasted-pecan-cake.html
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy http://dinoheromommy.com/
My Brain on Kids http://mybrainonkids.net
The Bergham Chronicles http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
Never Ever Give Up Hope http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Confessions of a part time working mom http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch/
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver http://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/blog.html
Molly Ritterbeck http://mollyritterbeck.com/
Juicebox Confession http://juiceboxconfession.com/
When I Grow Up http://kimberlyyavorski.com/whenigrowup/
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/