What Have You Done for Me Lately?

Sometimes John gets it right.  I know these halcyon days are just a brief respite, the calm before the storm if you will.  It happens periodically.  I get lulled into a false sense of security because he is on his best behavior and things, for the most part, go well.  I know better than to think it will last forever, but in an effort to be fair and balanced, I need to give credit where it is due.  John’s motivation for some of his recent activities wasn’t entirely altruistic, but if I benefit from them, who cares why he did it.  I’m just glad our interests coincide occasionally so I have a list of a few things that he’s done for me lately!

Obviously, picking strawberries is the biggest task that that he has completed recently.  Unless you raise them yourself in large quantities, you have no idea how time consuming and back breaking that can be.  Our raised beds don’t pose the same obstacle to John that they do to me because he is considerably taller with much longer arms.  He can pick the top tier by simply placing one foot against the edge of the frame and leaning forward.  To accomplish that same feat, I must step onto the top tier, balance precariously on the wooden board, bend to the ground, and find the elusive berries that seem to shrink from my searching fingers.  Not only did he pick the strawberries, he did a good job.  It is very easy to miss some of the fruit without a concerted effort, and I didn’t find many that spoiled because they were overlooked.

The second thing he did for me was fill in the hole he dug while searching for the sewer line.  That might not sound like much, but first of all it was a big hole and second it was one of those jobs that rarely climbs to the top of his “to-do” list.  I have seen similar activities languish in his queue until I employ some incentives to get them completed.  We still need to plant some grass to return the yard to normal, but filling in the hole was definitely the first step.

The third thing he did for me was repair the water line and hook up the electric pump so we can water the yard and the garden without dragging hoses and sprinklers around.  A section of the water line had been damaged when a tree fell on it during the recent tornado.  Another tree fell on the platform he built to hold the pump so he had to make repairs to the plastic pipe and find a new location for the pump.  Since he was the one who had to do most of the sprinkler moving, it could be argued that this job was more for his benefit than mine, but without the irrigation system, we couldn’t keep the yard and garden alive during the summer.  What’s good for him isn’t always good for me, but this time our interests were in perfect alignment.

The most surprising thing he did was help me clean out my flower bed.  It was in pretty bad shape with small trees sprouting and large weeds diminishing the beauty of the flowers.  He cut off the trees while I treated the tiny stumps, and then he spent a considerable amount of time helping me pull the weeds.  His usual response when I complain about the work involved in maintaining the flower bed is to tear it out and plant grass.  This time I hadn’t even mentioned how far behind I was on my gardening duties.  He was doing some other work in the yard and volunteered to help me.

As I said before, I take him to task for what I perceive as shortcomings so I need to give him credit when he comes through for me.  Who knows what next week or even tomorrow might bring, but lately, he’s done a lot of good stuff for me.

One Response to “What Have You Done for Me Lately?”

  1. Ginger says:

    Awwwwe! Warm fuzzies!
    And your yard is beautiful, no matter who’s working, or not working, on it.

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