The Price of Sitting Down

I have always had a walk behind mower.  Some had front wheel propulsion, but others I had to push. However, in the past few years, the almost perfect woman began getting on my case about my yard activity.  I would come in from working in the yard, red faced with a sweat soaked shirt and start rummaging for something, anything, cold to drink.  This is when she would give me ‘the look’, and then the speech.  “You know, you are not as young as you used to be.  You can’t keep pushing yourself like that.  You need to pace yourself. Take some breaks.  It doesn’t have to all be done today”.  Other times it would be “why don’t you hire the boys down the street to do the lawn?.  They are in the landscape business and you know they do a good job”.  I would reply “at my age, I need all the exercise I can get, plus, I hate to pay for something I can do myself”.  Normally, that would end with a shot across the bow like “exercise has nothing to do with it.  You’re just to cheap to pay to have it done”.  Well!!!  I would just write that off as a difference in perspective.

Last week, I was sitting down at the brew pub with my neighbor and we were talking about his riding mower.  His yard is smaller then mine and he is 12 years younger then me, but his mower is a must have tool.  Then yesterday, I went to a family reunion and got to talking to my wife’s cousin’s husband who just recently bought himself a honker of a John Deere tractor to replace his Cub Cadet.  He too is younger then me however, he is also much more into labors which I cringe to even think about.  But, the more I got to thinking about it (there are only two guys on my street that have walk behind mowers, and one of them is me) the more I started to warm to the idea.

So, Sunday I decided to check out Lowe’s and Home Depot to see what they have available and see if they are running any July 4th sales.  Walking up to a row of red and green and yellow lawn tractors I glanced at the first one.  It had a tag that said $2800.  I immediately began to hyperventilate and used that opportunity to sit on one.  I quickly rationalized that I must have started at the wrong end of the row.  Walking down past them I was pleased to see the prices decreasing.  What I wasn’t pleased to see was where they stopped.  I was staring at a minimum of $1300 dollars.  I started thinking ‘ if I were to go out and start mowing lawns for people, how long do you think it would take me to make enough money to buy one of those machines’.  It was of course a moot point as I struggle to keep up with my own lawn.

When I got home and my breathing had normalized, I sat down to give it all a good think.  There was always the alternative of a used one, but I only plan to buy one and I don’t want to take a chance on something that I don’t know anything about. So now it was down to how much do you need it to do and what’s the best price you can get for one that only does that.  Problem is, they don’t make one of those.  My current mower has a 28 inch cut while the rider has a 42 inch cut.  The brochure touted how many less laps you would have to make around the yard.  I thought “you’re sitting down. Who cares how many passes you have to make. That’s why the damn thing has a cup holder. 

I was still staring at a minimum of $1300.  That means that after I had mowed my lawn ten times, it would have cost me $130 per mow, plus gas.  That break even point was going to approach my break even point.  That’s a lot of money just to sit down.  I went and got myself an adult beverage and sat on the porch, for free. While there, I heard in the distance what I think was a bird chirping.  His call sounded like cheep, cheep, cheep.  I’m pretty sure it was a bird.  I mean, what else could it be, right???

P.S.  Shortly after my wife passed away, I was going through a dresser draw in a back bedroom and found a new ball cap that said “Born In The USA a Long, Long Time Ago”.  It was sitting on a new tee shirt that says “This Is The Oldest I Have Ever Been So Far”.  I suspect they had been purchased as gifts for my upcoming birthday.  I thought to myself, I have to hand it to her.  She sure had a way of getting her point across.



About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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13 Responses to The Price of Sitting Down

  1. quiall says:

    I find it easier to talk myself into something then I do out of it. Make sure you let us know what you did. And what you bought. Ha ha ha ha


  2. I’ve had a few riding mowers over the years. Believe me, you’ll get tired of sitting on that damn thing! But you won’t regret the purchase. In fact, you’ll ask yourself why you didn’t get one sooner. You may even find yourself admitting, “She was right.” You don’t have to say it out loud, though.


  3. Our loved ones tend to make their presence known at just the most appropriate times. Get the mower. My husband (who is 34) LOVES his. First thing he got after we bought the house. I think he just has fun riding it over the slightly hilly 2 acres. And it holds his beer, so even more fun for him.

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  4. msmcword says:

    I have the perfect solution in regard to my lawn and its maintenance: I live in a condo, so all of the yard work is done for me.


  5. George says:

    I have often been tempted by the lure of a riding mower. Not yet but maybe soon.
    What a great little gift you found from your wife. That’s very special.


  6. buy a riding mower Bob my research took me to the John Deere E130 I came close but instead hired out the lawn to a local pro.
    I’ve want to live longer.


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