Little Victories

Part I

Today I confronted and overcame one of my bigger fears, which was, Will I be able to cut my lawn this year?

Big deal! you might be thinking. Well, for me it actually is. You see, last year I suffered a serious knee injury and was in a full-length metal leg brace and on crutches for two months (for more of this story, see Spring Ephemerals). Toward the end of 19 rehab sessions, I learned to walk again. While I was incapacitated, a kind neighbor cut my lawn for the entire 2016 season. But this year, I have to do it myself. I was afraid this would be too much for me, as my leg is still not 100%, and probably never will be again.

So, being able to cut my front yard was a significant victory for me. I did it! And it looks like I’ll be able to do it again, which is important, because we’ve had a lot of rain so far this year, and this is the earliest I can remember ever having to cut the grass. Usually I can wait until mid-May, and it’s still April.

Part II

May 17, 2017

Back Yard
Victory Over the Back Yard!

Today the real test came—the back yard. A storm is on the way, and the grass had grown to the point where I couldn’t put off cutting it any longer. This is a real challenge for me, on account of my leg injury last year. The ground is uneven and that hilly section at the top of the yard is the worst part. Yet, by carefully cutting parallel rows, I was able to get it done. Now, I feel like I’ve accomplished something, and triumphed over my fears in a meaninful way. I beat the storm, and got the job done. Yay me!

June 5, 2017

I’ve got a streak going. Today I prevailed over the back yard for the third time.