I Have Done Something Wicked.....
And my heart feels as pure as a lamb. Well almost.....
My neighbor a few doors up owns a dance studio and thinks she is special. She has lots of money but her yard looks like garbage. The grass is always almost a foot high and the trees and shrubs grow thru the fence and cover the sidewalk. I mean limbs will poke you in the face if you try to travel it. Little kids on bikes swerve in to the street to get by and dog walkers and joggers have to use the street also. She also has lost 2 dogs and a bird to accidents and misadvanture and one neighbor calls her house the "house of death".
Over the years the city has told her to clean it up but now they totally ignore complaints about it. It has been this way for years. Today I was trimming my tree so the leaves didn't dip in to the sidewalk area. My trimmer is super sharp because I learned how to sharpen it on you tube and it is really cutting small limbs like butter. I look down the street at the impassable sidewalk that has been swallowed by the jungle.
I walk the walk with trimmers in hand. I start to snip. I keep snipping. My trimmer becomes surgical....it slices thru chestnut tree limbs, sumac limbs, thorn bushes.....it won't stop, I become knee deep in tree debris and just kick it to the tree lawn. The sidewalk becomes clear but the treelawn looks like someone cut a tree down.
I walk home. I watch later as kids walk the whole length of the sidewalk and smile. My son bring the trash can on wheels and starts walking down to her house. "No" I say. 'Just leave it". He asks me if I am sure and I say I am.