Thank Heavens For Younger Tall Friends
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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• 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!
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.
• 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.