Changing with the times

…None of us will ever be the way we once were

-We won’t water the grass this summer,-  Daniel said.


You probably wonder why we won’t or why we watered it?

It all began 6 years ago when we started gardening. We set up vegetable gardens in the backyard and arranged several flower beds in front of the house. I understood the need for watering. But I couldn’t understand why we needed to water the grass. This was nonsense.

Nevertheless, I did not argue with my husband – the local climate and customs were a mystery to me. In the hottest season (July), we watered everything: vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, lawn, and even some trees. 

And it was worth it: we got a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, even a couple of cantaloupes. I was particularly struck by the trees-they bloomed in turn until the fall.

In such conditions, it was difficult not to notice the contrast between our and the neighbor’s yard. Proud of his British heritage, the neighbor decorates his lawn with artificial flowers every year.

To each his own. For example, I am proud to be Russian. But Daniel just makes sure that the flowers bloom, the grass is green, and the bushes are nicely trimmed.

And you know, I even liked being involved in the creation of such a well-groomed area and receiving compliments from passers-by.

You can imagine my surprise when Daniel suddenly announced:”We won’t water the grass.”

July is no longer the hottest month? Or does the grass no longer need water?

My husband’s statement sounded alarming. What happened to him? Has he forgotten how proud we are of our beautiful green grass?

Thinking about it, I realized that life does not stand still. Time flies by, making adjustments, blowing away the pathos, simplifying life, changing our priorities and values. No, we are not suddenly lazy. We simply began to value time and its transience more than the appearance of our yard. Who do we want to surprise in the end? How important is this and for whom?

On our site, everything seems to be as usual. Our flower gardens are still beautiful,  tomatoes, cucumbers, corn grow. We just don’t water the grass anymore.

What is the news on your site, in your life, in your head?

Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

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