Friday, June 11, 2010

suddenly I am an environmentalist...

... hard to believe, I know. Since my lawn isn't emo and will cut itself the next best thing is to designate it a nature preserve. When my neighbors start to complain about my unsightly overgrown yard I will simply explain that it is part of an urban renewal conservation program aimed at creating a habitat for a special breed of endangered local snake. Then I will sit on my porch watching the grass grow while collecting environment grant money from Uncle Bam.

13 comments:

Maryjohn said...

This is a brilliant idea!

Do you mind if I borrow it? I hate yard work.

Just another mad Catholic said...

hehehhe, any idea which Order he belongs to?

Pebbles said...

That looks a lot like a dress I wore to mass recently, sans knee-high socks. It's quite practical but it could also be a new monastic fashion statement.

Rick said...
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arnolddenita said...

That is funny. I like the monk mowing the lawn, too.

Karen said...

That image is about as disturbing as when our pastor was walking around with his shirt unbuttoned before Mass the other week.

Lydia McGrew said...

Thing is, though, tall grass grows more mosquitoes than there are grains of sand on the sea. You will be pretty uncomfortable as the summer goes on sitting outside and watching that grass grow. It's bad enough even with short grass.

3puddytats said...

Careful there..your city may have an ordinace about keeping your grass cut and your yard kept up..or you may be slapped with a big fine..

Ah..the joys of living in a HOA..the good fairies come and cut my grass :)

Sara

Terry Nelson said...

Very good plan. I also love it when you use this photo of Nazareth Priest.

Jackie said...

*sigh* this would make a great Saturday centus post for the prompt of the week : "It's true, the smell of freshly mowed grass can stay with you for years, for decades,"

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Marco de Puna said...

Is this one of the "Village Monks"? Hope he doesn't hit his head on a disco ball.

Suburbanbanshee said...

This is a safety maneuver known to folk ballad fans as "kilting up" one's skirts. However, the girls in ballads (even those crossing rivers in flood, or performing Olympic marathon feats of pursuit) would only kilt up their skirts "a little abune the knee".

Monk guys wearing shorts don't have this problem.

The typical way a woman kilted up her skirts was by stuffing it in front (often secured by a belt for better modesty). But one does see medieval illuminations of men kilting up their skirts behind, for things like plowing (often leaving themselves pretty much bare except for medieval undies, if the peasant had them).

So this is really a very ancient thing to do, and practical and cool for mowing the lawn. Honestly, you don't want to see the monk's robe getting caught in a mower, or a bunch of grass clippings getting stuck underneath his robe.