I have a real hate for gas-powered machines. Take for instance the gas-powered lawnmower. They smell horrible, make a lot of noise and need regular outlays of cash and materials to keep up. There’s the oil, gas, spark plugs and so on that are added to the initial purchase price.
It drives me crazy to have a neighbor start up a mower early in the morning and wake me. I hate when their mower comes so close to one of my windows that I need to close it to keep the exhaust out of my home. Basically, I would love to see them outlawed but we’re a long way from that.
So with my total distaste for gas-powered machines, I had an experience today with a mower that made me smile.
I was taking the back way to the library when I spotted huge plumes of smoke. At first I thought I would have to go around and take another way to the library but then I got closer and saw it wasn’t a fire after all but a lawnmower.
In the middle of a field, away from homes was a man working on a lawnmower. I saw a car nearby with its trunk open as well. As I passed the man looked in my direction, I smiled and said hello. He instantly apologized for the smoke.
It was what he said afterwards that impressed me. He proceeded to tell me how his mower was burning oil and he had to do some work to it before he could cut his grass. He had loaded the mower into the trunk of his car and driven to a secluded area to work on it so as not to have any of the smoke and smells affect his neighbors.
My passing by caused him guilt. He didn’t think anyone would travel past him and be affected by the smoke and kept apologizing to me. I told him it was fine and that I was impressed by how much he cared about the comfort of his neighbors.
I wondered, with homes so close together in many places here, how many would think of the comfort of their neighbors and go out of their way to respect those needs. Would more people think it was fine to work on their machines at their home and inconvenience everyone else in the process? I believe more would assume anything they do on their property is fine and the neighbors could just deal with it.