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Is there anything you enjoy doing now that you use to hate to do?

Updated on December 17, 2010

Reflections of my childhood...

I use to hate to mow!  When I was 9 or 10 I was tricked into mowing the yard by my two older brothers; I use to hate to mow.  Not only was it difficult for a child at that age, when I started mowing, over 55 years ago, it was with the old reel type push mower – no motor.

mowing was just part of the job

After a couple years I was able to convince my dad that we needed a gas powered mower, which helped immensely and cut the weekly chore into a couple of hours.  But the mowing was just part of the job.  You had the trimming, with hand clippers, 40 years before the introduction of the Weed Eater.  The weekly chore of yard work still took a day at least and often times a day & a half counting all the follow-up.

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‘just wait a little while’ and eventually everything will be replaced

Our deed called for an acre of property, eight lots back in the middle 1940’s.  Thank goodness we didn’t mow all that.  It would have been impossible with that old reel-type push mower.  Like I said, no gas powered equipment at first.  Then, Hallelujah, for modern inventions and the American call to improvement, in everything during the middle of the twentieth century.  The war was finally over and the age of ideas and inventions was thriving.  Early ideas were burdensome and heavy at first and not totally proficient.  The general consensus was ‘just wait a little while’ and eventually everything will be replaced with something more efficient and lighter in weight.

a ‘loose – loose’ proposition

So eventually my mowing responsibility was eased somewhat by more modern equipment, but that also meant more area had to be mowed that was ‘passed over’ at first.  Even though the equipment was being improved continually it was to no avail for me.  I still had to walk, and the longer I waited to mow just meant the grass had more time to grow.  I looked at the chore as a ‘loose – loose’ proposition. I hated to mow…

Call the medics; this guy’s been in the sun to long

Enter the modern mower, the rider.  The whole time I mowed as a child growing up, it was with a ‘walk behind’ mower.  I did begin to learn more about the toilsome activity and soon developed somewhat a certain ‘pride’.  Not only was the equipment changing ‘lightening the load’, my ability and determination was likewise developing.  Did I say I was ‘proud’, hello!  Call the medics; this guy’s been in the sun to long.  No, seriously, you develop a certain amount of pride in accomplishment and ability. You learn to mow from the outsides in, in other words each lap getting shorter and shorter.  Don’t discharge the clippings to the outside into the street or onto your neighbor’s property.  Always mow the perimeter discharging the clippings inside for at least three laps or rotations.  Then reverse, and mow discharging the clippings out.  This makes for a much neater cut, and the grass does not ‘clump-up’ as much.  Also, if your grass is long or heavy, don’t try to cut it all at once, this just wears you out and overburdens your equipment.  Rather, raise the deck and don’t try to cut too much at first, then if needs be, lower the deck and mow again or wait a few days and then mow.  This way you don’t have to do it all at once and you end up having to rake because of the extra grass clumped on your lawn.

You’ve just taken the toil out of mowing

This goes for walk behind or riders. And ‘praise the Lord’ for the invention of the riding mower, can I have a witness? Who would have ever thought, just add a few horsepower to the engine; adding a gearbox and a few belts and blades and ‘whola’. You’ve just taken the toil out of mowing. The equipment is now doing all the work like it’s supposed to and you have more time to - clean out the garage, wash the dog and/or the lawn furniture, paint the spare room, fix the hinge on the kitchen cabinet door, trim the over-grown shrubs, set out those flowers for the Mrs…

© SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Tammy L for sharing your reminisce. Some things are definitely better now-- like modern inventions...

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    Tammy L 

    7 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

    The thing I hated as a kid was laundry. The washer we had used a pair of rollers to extract the water. I had to feed each piece of clothing through these rollers. My hand got caught between the rollers once. Fortunately I didn't break it. Now with an on-site laundry room where I live, laundry is not nearly as long and painful a chore as it used to be.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    Hey webnatin, glad to have you stop by and thanks for you comments. Yes, I remember the scythe, we had one that we hung on the side of the barn...

  • webnatin profile image


    8 years ago

    back then we use Scythe in cutting grass. much harder to do than using a lawn mower.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks bayoulady for sharing your reminisce...

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    8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

    Funny about the progression of lawn mowing equipment. The other day, I passed a VERY large combine. The driver was wearing a white tee shirt, in an air -conditioned cab,talking on the cell phone. I had to laugh! A WHITE tee-shirt! Who would have ever THUNK it!lol!

    We had one of those unmotorized push mowers. Loved it back then..... so quiet.

    To answer the question of what I used to hate that I now enjoy is....drum roll....staying at home doing as little as possible on a hot day!(It used to be find the water,bring the snacks,hit the road!)

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    * thanks Quill, as a child we don't even see that God is giving the grace and health to toil the endless hours of sweat and tears. But now I spend my time mowing in prayers of gratitude and awe at His magnificence and mercy...

    *and thank you RevLady for your interesting comments. Yes that ole spinach is good after boilin' it down with a piece of fat back or side meat then transfered to the skillet and lightly fried momentarily, then served with cornbread and a generous helping of pinto beans with a cold glass of buttermilk...

  • RevLady profile image


    8 years ago from Lantana, Florida

    Well, I never had to do the yard thing. But what has changed is that I now love Spinach and I use to hate it. Even Popeye did not make me want to eat it (smile).

    Nice hub, Thanks,

    Forever His,

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    8 years ago

    Hi samsons1... mowing... well like you I go back to the days of the push mower, the manual ones, they were killers. Now mowing is a treat with the new self propelled mowers like I have.

    Over the years of my career in the Golf Course industry, I have learned the fine balance of fertilizing and maintenance. Organic fertilizers give a wonderful slow growth opposed to synthetic fertilizers, meaning less cutting and healthy turf.

    Step onto a golf course in the early mornings and then again at the end of the day. The transformation is something to proud of if done right. Do I love mowing, what I love the most is the preservation of space that God has provided and making it look the best we can.

    Blessings and Hugs

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks lifegate for your comments and remember, you're not loosing a daughter, you're gaining a son, bet he can mow...

    *thanks 50, yes the military has it's way of instilling certain attributes granted...

    *thanks dahoglund, for your remarks...

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I can more or less take it or leave it.A few years ago my son moved from the city and bought a fairly large house with a big yard.Because of the business climate he had to move agin and now to a townhouse.He is glad he no longer has the big yard to worry about.

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    50 Caliber 

    8 years ago from Arizona

    Samsons, I am blessed by having a desert yard, full of cactus I transplanted as well as what was there already. It is a God made yard that requires no watering or mowing at all.

    I do however remember the push reel mower as a kid I had to push one on a fourth acre lot that our house set on and my Dad planted Bermuda grass. It took watering and mowing but we used burnt motor oil along the fence in the back and around anything that would have to be edged. Now days that's a crime, I guess but it beat hand clippers on your hands and knees.

    I guess getting up at 3am is the one thing that comes to mind as I like the cool morning temperatures to sit outside with my coffee and lap top reading the news or watching a show on When I was younger I hated getting up early but the Marine Corps changed that as we were kicked out of bed at 0445 every morning and started the day, a change that I've never lost since then. I now like to cook and play in the kitchen that as a kid and grown up I was against the thought at all. Now days I get what I want just like I like it. When I mess up a recipe my dogs are happy to get it, so mistakes are not lost, or recipes I don't care for after trying them. Other than that I'll have to say just keeping my home clean and all the chores are my duty and I keep them up, even in the crude style home I've built out of salvaged tin from a 100 year old buildings scattered through the desert. My decoration and furniture is early "Salvation Army" purchases and nothing really matches but serves it's purpose, what more can one ask? No keeping up with the Jones in my neighbor hood. Thanks for a thoughtful hub, 50

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    William Kovacic 

    8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


    Gotta admit, I never liked mowing. My daughter is so kind. She does it for me, but she'll soon be married,soooo...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    and thank you my dear brother, just read your latest hub and how you spoke from a heart for God and country. Blessings to you my friend...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Bro Dave, I can always count on you to pour your heart out in a comment section the same way you do in your hubs. "All things work together for the good..." Rom 8:28. May God's blessings find you this day as you labor for Him...

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    fred allen 

    8 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

    Love mowing the lawn! The hotter the better! I have weighed myself before and after and found it a great way to shed 5 pounds of water weight!

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    Dave Mathews 

    8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    Samson1: Thank you! You really got me to thinking with this one.

    When I was a kid, age 7, I hated Sunday mornings,having to drag myself off to church, while all my other pals were out playing baseball or road hockey, or riding their bikes.

    The only thing I saw good about Sunday was strolling down the driveway at home afterwards, smelling what mom was cooking for dinner. This carried through until I was in my mid-teens.

    Suddenly at 15, I was attending a midnight Christmas service at church, and I discovered this beautiful angelic sounding girl, who I went to highschool with singing "O HOLY NIGHT" as a solo with the church choir.

    I was in love. Ok Ok! maybe not in love. I found myself joining the choir though, ya just to be near her, but also hopefully to sing with her too, and we did do that same song a year later as a duet.

    When she left the country with her family to go to the states to live I was momentarily devistated, but then God through His Holy Spirit, grabbed me and I became seriously interested in music.

    Since that time, to now,47 and 1/2 years later, I have passionately sung my heart out for God. Now I sing with two choirs, and when asked give vocal lessons for others that have the same passion for music and serving God I have.

    Brother Dave.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Pamela99 for your comments, but I would love to hear the dialogue between the boys when it's time to mow...

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I hate to mow and have been fortunate that I've done very little mowing in my life as i had 3 boys which sure came in handy when they old enough.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks matt6v33 for your kind comments of inspiration...

    *and thank you carolina for sharing your comments...

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    carolina muscle 

    8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I hate to mow.. but I do love my Husqvarna rider.

  • matt6v33 profile image


    8 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

    hello young man,

    got me thinking, on this one! hmmm, oh, ok i hated to mow,(Manually), now i love my riding mower, also after the mow, i now enjoy a long nap, and i hated them at one time! :)

    "For The Record" I enjoy your type of hubs, for its like "Recess" for me!

    Keep it up!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Polly for your interesting comments...

    Don't over do it--

  • Pollyannalana profile image


    8 years ago from US

    I am just the opposite, I use to love to mow and now I hate it, that heat gets me. If I mow just twenty minutes I have to come in, and lay down with a cold cloth on my face which is beat red!


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