Mowing the Straight and Narrow

I plowed through the forest of dandelions in my yard this weekend, and thought it might be a good time to re-share this:

Mitch Teemley


I was excited about mowing. We lived in an apartment when we first got married. Then a condo. Now we finally had a home with a yard, and I was excited about mowing!

I got over it. 

Still, if ya got grass, ya gotta mow, and that means ya gotta:

  1. Cut it often (before, say, eagles build nests in it) and
  2. Cut it straight

The first few times I mowed, it looked like this:

136200261I finally figured out I needed to maintain a straight line.

But how?

Spotting!  Years ago I asked a ballerina-girlfriend how she kept from losing balance every time she did those amazing turns. “Spotting,” she said. Dancers pick something to focus on, spotting it again each time they come around. This keeps them from flying out of control. And from throwing up on their nicely dressed audience.

It was worth a try.  I began looking at…

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Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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6 Responses to Mowing the Straight and Narrow

  1. I love this, well said. I learned this twirling on swings. If you don’t want to throw up, learn to fix your eyes on something steadfast. 🙂

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  2. Jay says:

    This can apply to so many things, but who can’t relate to the indignities of mowing that darn lawn every week? Ugh. In my mother’s neighbourhood, it’s almost a competition, they mow with cross-hatching like it’s a golf course!

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  3. I mow twice a year whether it needs it or not. Just call all those dandelions wildflowers and tell everyone you’re a nature nut.

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