Seven Bags Full


Look at that neatly mowed lawn!

(written October 19, 2015)

As you know, the summer of 2015 was earth’s hottest on record.  (No need for anyone to get their knickers in a twist on that comment; it wasn’t a political statement! Just reality here in Northern Virginia.)  I mowed my lawn today for the first time in seven weeks.  Seven weeks.  As in, I didn’t mow my lawn … for almost two months … during the two months when one ordinarily finds oneself pushing a lawn mower a lot!  It didn’t rain for almost two months during the hottest summer on record, so I didn’t have to mow because NOTHING GREW!  So, finally, about ten days ago it rained cats and dogs here, and today I mowed and mowed and mowed, seven bags full of clippings!

Nothing makes me happier than seeing those straight newly mowed lines in my yard. I come from a long line of compulsive mowers who pride themselves on straight lines – I can see the smile on my father’s face in heaven! My neighbors kid me; but when I see those straight lines it’s like my chakra’s get all lined up.  While mowing I said my prayers.  I prayed for each of my siblings, and my Mom and Dad, and for all of you as I filled up each bag of clippings.  Each family unit got a bag of prayers.  By name.  And so did you.  With some ‘Our Father’s, ‘Hail Mary’s and ‘Glory Be’s thrown in for good measure.  It’s just the way I roll.  I can’t think of a better use of my time than praying while doing tasks such as mowing the lawn, painting a room, weeding a garden and walking Brock.

I remember one time when I was much younger and we were having pizzas for dinner as a family.  I may have been a teenager at the time.  I was watching the pizza bake through the little window in the oven door – and some of my siblings were at the table munching on their meals.  One of my siblings asked how much longer it would take for that additional pizza to bake? To which I responded, “One Our Father, one Hail Mary and a Glory Be!” At which point my siblings threw things at me!  Rightfully – threw things at me.  I probably should have kept that prayer part to myself!

But I wanted to share with you that even mundane tasks can be fruitful, even joyful.  Know you are in my prayers and thank you for keeping me in yours.

Seven bags full (of prayer!).

Seven bags full (of prayer!).



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  • Yvonne Beck says:

    Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father are a good way to get things done. Missed you. ❤️❤️

  • Jim Buisson says:

    Hi Chuck,

    Glad to get your writings (prayers) again. I thought you had left us.
    Whenever you want to mow some more come down to the lake.
    Jimmy still has his business and always looking for help.
    Have you sold your Mom’s house yet?


  • Marianne says:

    I’ve missed you.

  • kevin bergen says:

    Chuck – Happy you’re back.

  • Charlie Dierkes says:

    Hi Chuck – Paula sent me your post.I loved it. All the boys were taught about mowing in straight lines. Lot of friendly competition. Hope all is well with you.

  • Sean says:

    Keep writing!



  • Sylvia Mulherin says:

    Thanks so much for your uplifting messages and ideas. Hope you are well.

  • Judy Burley says:

    I was thinking of you the other day and wondering if somehow I had delated your blog! So happy to see your commentary this morning. It is so uplifting and always thought provoking. Love your reference to times gone by and your family.
    I walk my dog, Ike, several times a day and as I do I always say at least one decade of the rosary. I know people in the neighborhood probably think I am talking to myself—not the case. I’m talking with God.

  • Nancy Knight Forrester says:

    Great to see you back, Chuck! 🙂

  • Mary-Margaret Green says:

    Chuck, I’m so glad to see this blog post. I was thinking the other day how much I’ve missed it. Hope all is well with you and your family.

  • Dick OBrien says:

    Welcome back. We have missed your commentary


    Had lost you for awhile, but glad you are back!

  • Kathy McCleary says:

    Chuck! Delightful to see you writing again (here I mean) – I have one more mowing job before winter and I’ll think of you as I mow my not-so-straight lines I fear! Blessings!

  • Rose says:

    So glad to see you back on the blog.

  • terry says:

    Love your nicely .. and neatly mowed grass. I totally get that yard thing.
    Plus .. I do the same thing with praying when swimming laps and walking Spence !!
    smiling -out-loud … I was looking for your PEACE sign 🙂

    p.s. had to look up aligning my chakras … 🙂

    happy TTT in the burbs

  • Edd & Pat Dzanis says:

    We love Love.

  • Ward Foley says:

    Welcome to the hood

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