I Cut the Grass Today

 

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Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash

I cut the grass today. I cut the grass with one of those old-fashioned rotary cutters that require nothing more than two legs and two arms to maneuver. No jerking on the starter cord. No gasoline. No loud engine noise.  A cool breeze stirred the humidity of the afternoon and tiny brown needles sprinkled down from the cedar branches. I looked up into the tree to see two steel hooks that in past summers held the blue plastic seat that my son and daughter swung in when they were babies and toddlers. The yard was lush then, twenty years ago, when the tree was small. Over time,  as the cedar has inched skyward, its toxic needles have infected the grass below, causing it to thin, grow scraggly, and yet still require a trim. The cutter jammed, shoving the handlebar against my hip. I stepped back and tugged and twisted the machine to jar the immobilized blades. Out dropped a twig, and I finished cutting the grass.

 

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2 thoughts on “I Cut the Grass Today

  1. elsie June 8, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Marilyn, there is something intriguing in your style of writing. Your minute attention to detail paired with the specific word choice makes me read and reread your words to discover what it is that draws me in. Welcome to Slice of Life writing!

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    • marilynyung June 8, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Wow, what a nice thing to hear! Encouraging! I’m glad I stumbled onto Two Writing Teachers’ blog. I’m thinking about having a Tuesday Slice of Life day in my classes next year at school, where students would blog their slices, and then at the end of the year, print and compile them into a “slicebook”, etc.

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