April 14th, 2012


Mowing Season

As usual, I wish I'd taken a "before" shot so you could see for yourself the veritable jungle it was. The weather is cool and breezy without being windy. It won't be that way for long so I'm sure going to take advantage of it now.

My son recently expressed interest in mowing the lawn. I shrugged it off and told him he could mow the lawn when he could start the mower. His mother laughed and said, "Once you do, it will probably be your responsibility," echoing my own childhood mowing adventures. I nodded in silent agreement.

Later, it dawned on me that just because my father never mowed the lawn again once I did didn't mean that I had to do the same with my son. Maybe I'll edge and weed while he mows? Maybe we'll take turns? Maybe it will be completely different where we work cooperatively in the yard. We do many other things together, why not this?

As stated before, I've discovered that many of the judgments I have about things come not from careful analysis and separating fact from feeling, but stem from a default societal view. I therefore react accordingly to new concepts with which I am faced, and would honestly remain so unless challenged. I understand now - empirically of course - that this statement requires an addendum: defaults may also include how you yourself were raised, no matter where they fall in or out of societal norms.

Challenge of ideas absolutely must preceded questioning our views; were it not so we wouldn't know what to question, or when. I don't have to raise my children like my father raised me. And if I can so easily learn something so different than my default just from the issue making itself known on the small things - for this is surely inconsequential in the big scheme of things - it fills me with confidence that I will be able to also tackle the big things as they arise.

Nothing but greatness can come from this.