Pants on fire.

March 12, 2007

Journal, Lauren, Lloyd

Today Lloyd got up, showered, got dressed for school, followed me out the driveway, drove to the city limits of Seward…..then turned right around, came home, and cleaned up the yard.

He did not have school today, even though when I asked this weekend, “Are you out on Monday?  We’re going to have a lot of children at the center because Seward is out.”  He lied and said, “No.”

He did this once before.  The last time he cleaned up the whole basement.  It’s such a shock because his deception is so thorough.  I mean….driving away? Dressed up?  Coming home is so disorienting.  “Why is he home?  Why is he wearing that?  Why is it so clean?  Am I dead?”

Here are some photos of his amazingness, though they are only meaningful if you can understand that we HATE yardwork, and every nook and cranny was filled with a foot of compacted leaves and dead weeds.  Brad has been our only lifeline to greenery, though Lloyd has really stepped it up recently.  It’s really too bad that there are no ‘before’ pictures.  Lloyd said he raked up seventeen billion trash cans of leaves from the front yard and side garden.

Tired liar.

Ready for planting!

By the driveway


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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9 Responses to “Pants on fire.”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Wow! I’ve never seen the cutting garden like that. That’s really interesting! And it’s so beautiful. I miss your garden…

    …I have to go now, I think I’m getting a little teary.


  2. Cutting Garden Said on:

    Don’t cry, Brad -- it will be alright! I’ll wait for you!!!


  3. Beth Said on:

    Holy Catfish! You and the leaf-sucking barracuda are amazing! Truly beautiful :D!


  4. Lloyd Said on:

    Beth has come over twice while I’m “doing yard work” and each time I’ve been “taking a break”. She probably wonders who’s really doing the work. By the way, the Barracuda is actually Beth’s.


    • Beth Said on:

      Did you take ‘before’ pictures of your side and back yard? That would have been especially impressive…


  5. Peggy Said on:

    Even if you are a liar … the yard looks great & what a nice surprise!!! I would love it to come home & just find the dead Christmas tree gone & the stand put away inside … I don’t ask for much …


  6. Lloyd's Mom Said on:

    Somehow you must have gotten some experience raking leaves. I wonder where? Did you jump in the piles??


    • Lloyd Said on:

      The piles were mostly blowing into Iowa. What I really wanted to do was rake all the leaves into the road then light them on fire like we did when we were kids. I’m sure there’s some sort of city ordenance against that.


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