I’m still adjusting to the quiet and darkness of Suburbia. It’s strange after living in Dupont Circle and then a few blocks from the Capitol building how you get used to the regular hum of activity, lights, and noise. In the evenings after the lights are turned off it is truly dark. It’s strange too how the noise doesn’t carry, absorbed by the trees.
Lawn care is big in the burbs. The suburbizens leave for the city and a small Hispanic army descends on the yards to mow and trim and neaten up. Every yard seems to be cared for by proxy. I’ve never owned a lawnmower so I admit we used a lawn care service too. I feel guilty whenever I’ve used this type of help…. it seems wildly decadent. I didn’t know it at the time but growing up my family was extremely poor. After my parents’ divorce, we even lived in public housing with food stamps and assistance programs to help. So if it’s something I can do myself I feel obligated not to spend the money. When I look at the budget I know we’re doing well but I have this back-of-mind feeling that it could all go away.
Aaaaanyway, I did make an important purchase after looking at the lawn mowers. You gotta have an Elmo sprinkler. Enjoy, little boo: