Thank Heavens For Younger Tall Friends

Bush after trimming, November 2014 by Val Mills
By Val
@valmnz (12758)
New Zealand
November 11, 2015 12:42pm CST
I was trimming the bushes in the garden the other day, giving them their Spring haircut. They'd grown a lot since last year, but it was all relatively new growth so wasn't too difficult. The photo shown here was when I attempted the same job last year. I knew I couldn't reach the top of the tallest one, as it towered above the fence line. But when I dragged the ladder out, while I still had the confidence to climb it, I no longer felt confident enough to brandish the clippers vigorously while attacking the bush. However, a younger friend came to mind, a man who works as a gardener for the local Council. I contacted him and he arrived a couple of days later. Not only did he top the bush in just a few minutes without having to stand on a ladder, he trimmed another small tree for me and pulled some weeds from beneath an area I've had trouble reaching. In all, his efforts took about ten minutes. We joked that, had I called in a gardener, I would have been charged not only for an hour's work, but also for travel costs to get there. I was certainly grateful we had a younger, taller friend.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
11 Nov 15
I sometimes wish there was some landscaping student living by, I'd give them my yard to practice on!
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
Now, that would be a wonderful arrangement. The other alternative I had was Student Job Search where students often take on small, one off mobs for a bit of cash. But it's their exam time now.
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• Centralia, Missouri
11 Nov 15
@valmnz we have nothing like that, but it would be cool!
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
12 Nov 15
In the UK in some areas, people who have no garden are paired with those who cannot manage theirs, so that life for both is improved!
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@marguicha (94997)
• Chile
11 Nov 15
I also have some sweet helpers I couldnĀ“t live without. Last week 2 of them came and moved big beds around and one from my motherĀ“s house. This Saturday I will have a helper to plant some grass outside my house.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
There's still plenty of goodness in the world.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
12 Nov 15
You sound well supported :o)
• United States
11 Nov 15
That's what we need, well younger anyway - my husband is tall enough.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
It started about ten years ago when we'd just moved here. This man was a client of my husband's and the friendship grew from that.
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• United States
11 Nov 15
@valmnz We move so much we don't have time to meet people.
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@MALUSE (40332)
• Germany
11 Nov 15
This sounds as if you gave him nothing for his help. Is that so?
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
12 Nov 15
Friends do not expect to be paid when they can help you!
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
11 Nov 15
Climbing is one thing, letting go of the ladder is quite another! It's good you have a friend with good balance and confidence. Young people are so confident.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
It's his job, he's a gardener, he did it in no time at all.
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@boiboing (12667)
• Northampton, England
11 Nov 15
My mother - at 5 foot - saves all her 'tall' jobs for me.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
@boiboing Do you still climb ladders? I will stand on a chair to change a light bulb, but felt quite unsafe when I started climbong the ladder the other day.
@boiboing (12667)
• Northampton, England
12 Nov 15
@valmnz I'm not worried by ladders and suchlike. They sometimes sent me up on top of their campervan to clean the roof.
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• Guyana
12 Nov 15
Most of my family are also around 5 foot so I'm also called to do the 'tall' jobs as you say. As my grandmother always say "God knows why He put tall people in our family" :D
@mom210 (6761)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Nov 15
I am glad you were able to call him and he took care of the issue.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
He was coming over for another matter anyway.
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@MALUSE (40332)
• Germany
11 Nov 15
I need young men for computer problems. It doesn't matter if they're tall or short.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
I'm with you on that one!
@softbabe44 (5902)
• Vancouver, Washington
11 Nov 15
Well he was glad to lend a hand you got the work done and you shared a blessing cause he is tall and younger you two got the job done together.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
He did it very quickly, no effort at all
• Vancouver, Washington
13 Nov 15
@valmnz Thats so awsome he could do that for you.
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@Auntylou (4318)
• Oxford, England
12 Nov 15
Tall people can be so useful. We have a new young woman at the bar who is 6 feet odd and she does easily some things I struggle with
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
We need to know our limitations as we get older
@much2say (39273)
• United States
12 Nov 15
How very nice to find a fellow to help you with the gardening out there! I can still climb ladders, but I just don't know what the heck I'm doing when I'm given the gardening tools - I just cut away - ha ha!
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
I've had occasional hints from this fellow over the years. But I've been cutting hedges with the clippers since I was a child.
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@just4him (117368)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Nov 15
I'm glad you were able to get the work done in such short order. I do agree, having tall friends is nice to have around.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
Just Having someone to help with what you can't do is a bonus.
• United States
11 Nov 15
My days of climbing on ladders are gone. I depend on younger & taller people all the time LOL
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
I still climb on a chair to change a light bulb.
@destry (2532)
• Kirkwall, Scotland
11 Nov 15
You confused me. . . I read the first line of your discussion and saying out loud "No, you don't want to be doing that this time of year. . . spring haircut, far too early, the bushes will die of cold!" Then I saw you are in the Southern hemisphere. . . I will let you off then!
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
Ha, ha, yes, we do things upside down down here.
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@wetnosedogs (1557)
• United States
11 Nov 15
Glad you got some young help. I'd be scared to go on the ladder and holding tools.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
11 Nov 15
Yes, I realised id have to really lean away from the ladder into the bush and jokingly asked my husband if he'd visit me in hospital when I broke my bones falling.
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
Tall people certainly come in handy if you're a shortie. Neither of us are particularly tall so ladders are essential for some tasks.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
I think I need to retire my ladder now
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@JudyEv (123432)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
@valmnz When we have our concerts Vince has to go up a VERY tall ladder to put up the lights. If we get much older we'll need proper scaffolding.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
@JudyEv I thnk the fact the ladder is somewhat old didn't help my confidence! There are some things I guess we have to accept as the years creep by.
@T_gray (7812)
• Salina, Kansas
12 Nov 15
It's nice to have connections isn't it. I have some wonderful people in my life that I couldn't live without who help me out all the time
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
It's good to have those with whom you can give and take.
@T_gray (7812)
• Salina, Kansas
12 Nov 15
@valmnz. yes I agree completely
@allknowing (65267)
• India
12 Nov 15
Good you got someone to do what you could not do. I have a whole lot of activities here that needs such help. My garden is around 15000 sq. ft.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
12 Nov 15
I would gladly have done it myself if my ladder climbing bravado hadn't abandoned me!
@allknowing (65267)
• India
12 Nov 15
@valmnz My thoughts are slightly different. I prefer to pass on chores that do not give me happiness. At the same time it is an opportunity for others to earn doing such jobs for me. That feels great too that I am helping these people to earn.
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@NeldaHoxie (1388)
• United States
12 Nov 15
The other day I was in the supermarket and the product I needed was on the top shelf and pushed toward the back. I was struggling to reach it when a taller man offered to get it for me. It is very helpful when taller people are around.
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
13 Nov 15
Isn't it nice when people are thoughtful like that!
• Nairobi, Kenya
12 Nov 15
@valmnz,maintaining seemed tiresome to me.Does it require lots of effort anyway?
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@valmnz (12758)
• New Zealand
13 Nov 15
Homeowners work is never done.