An old chore and an old friend


So you’re tired of mowing your lawn?  Live in suburbia and wish sometimes you could hire someone to mow your lawn for you or that you could cover the whole yard with decorative rock?  Maybe you live in an apartment or condo, don’t have a yard at all, and are thankful for you don’t have one.  Chances are, if you do have a lawn to mow, you probably don’t enjoy mowing it.  Well, I do.  I mowed tonight for the first time since Fall 2003, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  I really missed mowing.  It’s like an old friend who visits you for a few months during the spring, summer, and fall.  Yes, that’s right, I mowed my lawn in Seoul.  I’m probably one of a few dozen people living in Seoul proper with a yard that I mow.  Most residents live in high-rise apartments.  Most of my neighbors hire people to mow their lawns.  Although mowing is a time-consuming and tedious job, I actually enjoy it.  I love the smell of fresh cut grass and the feeling that in a small way I’m getting some exercise.  Never mind I could be spending my time in a gym sweating away on a treadmill or stationary bicycle.  Nah, mowing will do just fine.  I like the mindless nature of mowing because I can let my mind wander and ponder the meaning of the universe.  And I get to wrestle with with a greasy machine, albeit a small gas-powered mower.  Changing the oil and filling the mower with gas makes me feel, well, handy.  Some guys really dig mowing.  Tim Allen from the old television sitcom "Home Improvement" epitomized the handy husband who loves improving the house with power tools.  Mowing fits the bill for me.  I don’t have to do much around our house other than daily maintenance, and I won’t have much opportunity to do landscaping, one of my favorite hobbies. Oddly, mowing fills that strange need I have to get out in the yard and do something.  My neighbors will give me strange looks and ask me why I haven’t hired someone to do the lawn work.  I’ll tell them it’s because I enjoy spending time with an old friend.

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