A truly marvelous and stunning transformation is happening within me. I’m becoming an adult! Prove it, you say?! Let me present you with the evidence:
Normal Weekend 2003
The New Deal
That last bit really startled me. College and apartment life has started to feel like I was on a vacation, because when I was a teenager, I did all of these homeowner tasks and more. I would try to get out of them, but in the end, I always did these chores.
A few months ago, an old co-worker was telling us how the mid-20s couple across the street from him make their parents do all the yard work, never having done it themselves and being first-time homeowners. We all remarked how that seems to be a trend among our age group. Didn’t their parents make them chop down trees (hung over – thanks for that one, Dad), pick up frozen dog crap, mow, trim, edge, fertilize, clean the gutters (in the rain), or till a garden by hand? Anything? Didn’t they know that their progeny would one day grow up and have to work if they own a house?
Regardless, though I was exhausted afterwards, I felt great as I surveyed my lawn from my clean garage. It is all worth it when you actually own the home you are working on. Who’d a thunk it?
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