Allow me to introduce Myself.
For those of you that ‘think’ you know me, this photo of a tree, lawn, garden and seat will confirm what you know, so far.
But I need to inform you that I didn’t post these pics to inform the world that yes I do swing toward the mystical, contemplative, solitary pole in life, rather to tell you all that on Saturday I mowed the lawns!
So what? Well….as much as I abhor the stereo-typical gender roles of society (now I hear those of you that know me say…’Here she goes…the gentle assassin is on the lose’), we do all have roles that we naturally pick up. And in our house, lawn mowing isn’t one of those that I have been known to practice on a regular (once) occasion. Now that’s not because I can’t, it’s just that we have a built-in lawn mower bloke in our family, who seems to pick up that role as naturally as I bake a cake.(I hear those beautiful feminist thinkers saying ‘don’t let the side down now Linda’). However, today things changed and I performed the task…the bloke is away and the pics are there to prove it.
I was reminded about how I engage with the world things while I was mowing the lawn, things I already knew that help explain me, but surprised that they would find their outworking in such a simple task.
I am a ‘circular’ , not ‘linear’ thinker. Logical thinking says you would mow the lawns in straight lines, but I as I allowed myself to engage in this moment at a creative level (I had to make it interesting somehow), I found myself mowing in circular motion, even playing with the idea that it might be a good opportunity to turn the bottom garden into a Labyrinth (of sorts).
If the built-in lawn mower bloke is reading this now it could certainly be a moment of consternation for him, as I didn’t show a picture of the bottom garden… (Once my bloke and his bloke neigbor friend planted two trees in our garden that I didn’t ask for or particularly like, so I took the opportunity to use them to practice my Topiary skills….another example of my circular thinking…)
I am also someone who also likes to think I can do anything I set my mind too..
Some refer to it as stubborn, or occasionally independent – I beg to differ.
Most of those things I only do once, and feel quite satisfied.
(So, next Saturday if anyone has an hour free, I have the lawnmower, and the lawn……)
I thought it would take me longer to mow the lawns today, but was pleasantly surprised…I still have my gardening clothes on, gumboots at the door, I might just go and play with the blokes’ leaf blower and weed eater…
Or maybe I will put the kettle on and bake a cake.
Until next time…