This thread celebrates the things we did for the first time as an adult. Sex doesn’t count.
When I was a kid, other kids had to be forced – cajoled – pleaded to mow the yard. I begged to mow the yard. “Please, let me mow the yard!” was a frequently heard refrain at my house. Now, I was the only child of an only child, and was raised by my maternal grandparents: my grandpa was not only overprotective, but he thought there were things only boys/men should do. The military was one: I wanted to be a chaplain in the Army when I grew up, and he told me the military was not for young ladies. Mowing the lawn was another. Not only did he think that girls shouldn’t do yard work, but because I was not a graceful child, he was afraid I’d run over my foot and chop off an appendage. So I never got to mow the yard.
(small break to change battery in daughter’s insulin pump)
As I got older, I got bigger and more out of shape. It came to a point where I was lucky if I got out of the chair at home. I’d go to work, but would not move from my desk for most of the day. I crept up to 398 pounds. Mowing the lawn was the last thing from my mind.
Then I started dieting, exercising and losing weight. The difference in my energy level is amazing. I’ve only dropped 85 pounds so far, but I can do a lot of things I’d never done before. Like mowing the lawn.
So tonight, hubby and I went outside. We pulled out the electric hedge trimmers (that I had no clue we even possessed) and hit the hedge in front of the house. I was laughing so much and having such a good time. Then, while hubby got the leaf blower to play with, I grabbed the lawn mower.
He gave me quick instructions, and I was off. At 46 years of age, I mowed the front yard for the first time in my life. And it felt good. It was much easier after I got the hang of it all. The one thing I couldn’t get the hang of was starting the darn thing. That’s saved for next time.
I came in and took a nice cold shower. So, grandpa: I love you so much, but I finally got to mow the yard. And I didn’t lose any appendages.