I feel that reading books and mowing the lawn are in great opposition. I have never been good at self talk, well not the kind of self talk that works to calm the mind and console myself in the actions that I am under taking. I am know to those around me as an interrogator, constantly asking questions of those around me. Why? Why? Why? But I also ask how.
Back to the lawn?
The question is why?
In this instance because we had a rental inspection coming up
So the question becomes, why should the rental agency care if our lawn is mowed?
I guess its much like wearing certain types of clothing on different occassions, we must keep up appearances, take pride, the state of your lawn speaks to people, it says something of the occupants of the house.
I’m sure our landlord doesn’t want bad tenants. But couldn’t we be excellent tenants, with a bad lawn?
I work to limit these sorts of questions in the mind of the my landlord.
Then question then becomes about aesthetics.
Aesthetics: “Origin: late 18th cent. (in the sense [relating to perception by the senses] ): from Greek aisthētikos, from aisthēta ‘perceptible things,’from aisthesthai ‘perceive'”
More specifically why is lawn maintenance viewed as a favourable asethetic. Thats easy, and the key word I think is ‘maintenance‘. It looks as though somebody is taking care of the place. Where as a lawn that is left to grow wild, looks like the inhabitiants don’t care and are willing to let nature resume the house.
Why did we do this to ourselves? Why do humans continually create asethetic ideals that take so much time to maintain? It just doesn’t make logical sense that we would do it. It grows back continuously and we must constantly maintain it. Our lawn is full of bindi’s and weeds and I don’t think anybody in my house actually enjoys it. But what would people think if we didnt have a lawn. What would there perception be then? Haters of nature and the environment.
If we truly loved nature and its beauty, wouldn’t we allow it live naturally, save the constant manicuring.
I think maintenance in this case implies that nature needs humans to preserve and take care of it. It’s an interesting sentiment, however I’m not sure that poisoning and cutting equal preservation of nature, rather they more elude to preservation of the perception that we are civilised tenants. We must not be unruly. Clean your room.
The real estate agent came over
to check if we had tidied our bedrooms
Rinsed dishes on the sink
Washing in the machine
Lawns and hedges cut
It was lunch time
and a manager at work and I were discussing my maturity
She made a comment that she sees her brother as very young
and that I am younger than him
so I asked her what she thought of my maturity
she said your very young
and I asked why.
She brought reference to my part time job
and that i dont have the same level of responsibility as her
as i do not own a house.
The way I see it is that we are both adults
paying for our own existence
not living under the shelter of our parents.
how much we work
the size of our mortgauges
is all lifestyle choice.
Still no real estate agent
checks if she has cleaned her room.