Look who started the mower all by himself for the first time?!


Nathan cannot breathe anyway, much less in the Spring or Summer, and I love yard work so have always done it for our family.

Until cancer.

I used to be nervous for my heart, but as I regained confidence in my health, I really enjoyed it.

When I had surgery for my cancer two summers ago, I didn’t wake up for six weeks and then wasn’t well enough and missed the end of summer anyway.

Last summer I was gone with the baby, and the yard was a disaster by fall because of two years of neglect.

The youth group came once, and our home teacher helped, and Nathan’s brother-in-law did some while he was here.

I was grateful, and it gives me a fresh start for this year.

The bishop suggested we work in some help with yard work in our budget, but Alex told me that he remembers the bishop also said Burk mowed since he was young and that his boys love it.  He really wanted to do it, he said, and could earn money for his mission and have money to tithe.

I liked the idea, for later.

I was hesitant about him starting now, though, but he said it was like kindergarten and he turns 8 right after summer, and that’s “old enough and close enough.”

I asked my friends and Relief Society ladies about who they use for mowing.  There are some days I could do it, but at the cost of missing the days following.  Other days I could not do it at all.  The yard has to get done, though.

Alex kept asking, though, to learn how to mow.  We talked about safety.  We talked about what to wear and why.  We talked about how to drive it, how to start it, how to stop it, and what to be careful of before driving over anything.

We presented our plan to Nathan, who approved with another round of safety quizzes.

That’s how Alex’s first mowing lesson happened today.


He worked so hard!

I was really proud of him.  He did a great job!  He was careful of his lines, and really got the hang of it.

Mostly, it made me happy because it was something we could do together and enjoy some positive interaction, and because that kid really needs some wins.

He has already filled out his tithing slip and is very excited to have started his mission fund!

He also added (without prompting)  11 cents for fast offering.  I didn’t tell him he’s more expensive than that!


About Emily

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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