Super gardener

A lot of my stories start out “When I was in college…”, and this one is no different. When I was in college I tried lots of things that I hadn’t tried before and … HEY! Take it easy. I didn’t mean those kinds of things! I meant things that were more daring. One of the things I did one day was cater to my curiosity about the people you sometimes see at intersections with a sign that says, “Will work for food.” One day I picked one of those guys up and took him home.

The house that I was living in at the time had a huge flower bed that was all grown up with weeds. There were so many weeds, that there were no longer flowers… it was just weeds. My project for him was pulling weeds for money. So I left him, went inside, and started working on some indoor projects, but every now and then I would peek out at him. My assumption was that someone who ends up with a “Will work for food” sign was lazy and that’s what got them in that position, so when I looked out I expected him to be lounging or maybe he had just walked away or something, but to my surprise every time I looked out he was hunched over pulling weeds… and his progress was incredible.

By the time he was done there was not a single piece of green in that entire, large flower bed! He did what I was not willing to do and he did it way better than I would have. I was most impressed, so I thanked him and paid him way more than I was originally thinking, because he did it better than I would have and faster. I’m ashamed to say I don’t remember his name, and I don’t even remember what he looked like, but he certainly reminded me of the truth behind, “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.” For safety, I wouldn’t try this again now that I have a family, but on looking back on it I’m happy I made the right decision then. Not only did that man remove my weeds, but he corrected my thinking to the point that I’m still telling his story 20 years later. Thank you for reading my 22nd blog.

Mark Inglis

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