.... where you wonder how you made it to adulthood in one piece?
Since they arrived up north from FL, my mom has been handling all the yard work. My parents don't have a HUGE yard, but it's big enough and my mom has always helped more than most women, but she's never done IT ALL.
After his scare with the embolism that wasn't, Daddy's leg got so sore he could barely walk. They were terrified something was wrong with his stents or the vascular damage was worse than they thought. Turned out to be tendonitis, which has been tricky to treat because when you are on blood thinners, you can't have a cortisone shot and when you are on an aspirin regimen, you can't take Motrin and when you have had a heart attack and stents put in, you are not supposed to have more surgery for an entire year.~ Seriously, y'all, DON'T smoke! ~ That's all sorted out now, but like I said, my mom has had to handle all the yard work.
It seems, one day last week she decided she needed to trim the hedges so they wouldn't be a hot mess by the time they got back from their trip here. For years she has used the manual hedge clippers, but she decided that since she was doing IT ALL, she didn't feel like exerting herself and wanted to use the electric ones instead.
She asked Daddy to get them for her, but this was not on his agenda for the day, so he left for whatever he had planned and didn't get them set up. She got a bee in her bonnet and decided that since she was doing IT ALL, it WAS on her agenda and she was not waiting for him. She went into the garage, found the clippers, set up all the extension cords it takes to get from the plug to the bushes and got started.
Only it didn't go as well as she thought.
The darn things were heavier than she expected. Plus they were bending then branches instead of cutting them and when she went to trim the honeysuckle, the branches got all wrapped around and stuck in the clippers. She was pretty sure THAT wasn't supposed to happen, but she knew if she told Daddy he'd probably scold her for not waiting for him and breaking the clippers. Finally, her arms shaking from the weight, she put the electric clippers away and finished up with the manual ones.
She was back in the garage with Daddy packing for the trip a few days later and finally fessed up to the ordeal. She went to show him what she was talking about and that's when Daddy realized...
My mom had tried to trim the bushes with THE CHAINSAW!!!!
She lucky she didn't cut her leg off!
Seriously, you CANNOT make this stuff up!
I laughed so hard I cried and when I posed my opening question to a friend after telling the story, his response pretty much summed it up:
"Yes, but my moments aren't like yours!"