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Date Posted: 05:38:19 05/06/02 Mon
Author: Cari
Subject: Re: If anybody is out there....
In reply to: zazoo 's message, "Re: If anybody is out there...." on 00:45:12 05/06/02 Mon

You know when I said on FS that I was going to nap, well it never happened, not then. Our mower had broken down, so I called my brother to borrow his. After three hours of ignoring my request, he showed up just as I laid down for a nap.

The Tornado (my 8 yr old son) thinks he should be allowed to mow, but it terrifies me to let him. I follow him around the yard checking technique and foot position so I'm sure he is safe. Never let him out of my site for a moment while the mower is running. Now, he has a very interesting mowing approach. The rest of us mow in rows going back and forth across the lawn. He mows in patches and strips.

First he mows part way across the yard along a wondering line and then he sees a patch at the other end of the yard that really needs to be mowed first, so he makes a diagonal beeline for that area. Before this area is mowed another beckons and he makes another diagonal path for it. We end up with the oddest shapes of unmowed portions - triangles, cones, strips, tufts. then we wander around the yard getting these forgotten pieces.

He's happy, but I'm biting my tongue trying not to get too systematic too quickly. The whole mowing experience takes 2-3 times the time it should. But when he is done and stands back to look at the yard he's conquered in all it's freshly mowed splendour, that moment is priceless.

Afterward, he had to be rewarded with a hardy meal and some computer gaming time, that is, following the obligatory bath. After the bath, but before the hardy meal is when the battery crisis and subsequent food and battery buying spree took place. Then there was the return of brother and his son to pick up the mower. Finally I was back at the computer to play, but no one came immediately and the Tornado reminded me one of his rewards for mowing was computer time.

While the Tornado played games on the computer and babbled to me about all the delightful motorcycles and airplanes he was rushing around the computer screen, I pretended to listen and be enthused, but I was really power-napping.

Then mom called from Florida just to tell me about the shows she watched and how much she enjoyed them. This of course in response to my earlier reminder that these dandies would be on. I listened, sort of, and snozed in between comments.

Finally, I had managed a few hours of intermittent sleep and had the kids in bed, the kitchen clean (well sort of) and I was ready to burst onto the computer scene again. The backspace key and the tab key wouldn't work right. I was only going to check those two keys out. Let's see now, that led to taking the whole keyboard apart and cleaning all the keys, which led to cleaning the rest of the computer hardware, which led to cleaning the computer desk, which led to cleaning the chests on either side of the computer, which led to ......... well you've got the picture.

Now it is 5:30 in the morming, I'm sitting in an island of tidiness, and no one in his right mind is on the computer; but I am. Well I'll just log on the daily gems - quotes, jokes. horoscopes. By that time the Tornado will need to be awakened for school and I can start another dandy day.

Odd thing is, days like yesterday make me feel blessed, despite the hassles!

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