my lawn guy that is
How exactly does one go about this? We haven’t been together that long, a few months maybe. He’s an older man but I have to admit, he has always kept me satisfied. The dilemma is, since we’ve moved to our new home we’ve discovered that our neighbor has an 18 yr old son, a high school senior who plays football, who has expressed an interest in pruning my foliage. He’s certain he can make me just as happy. I have to admit I admire his confidence, especially since he approached my husband to ask me if I would desire his services, confidence is ALWAYS a big selling point with me!
When Chris asked me how I felt about mixing things up I was a little hesitant and reluctant. I already had someone. Yes, his equipment was older but he was dependable. I always knew when he was going to come and how long it would take to do the job. He’d usually bring his son along so I knew there’d always be two men tending my bushes. Was I willing to give that up for some “new” guy? Sure his equipment is newer and shinier but does he know how to use it? I mean, he’s only 18, my lawn is in its prime. It’s all lush and fertile right now. Does he know how to handle its delicate needs? Or will he just burn it up the way the first guy did (that was a nightmare! I’m so glad I never called him back!). He has offered a couple services the older guy didn’t, like landscaping for instance. Sometimes you’ve got to know that your lawn guy doesn’t mind getting on his hands and knees and getting a little dirty for you! Trimming is a little extra but not what the older guy was charging, I’m all about a discount . Of course, like I said, he’s in high school so he can’t get here until after practice. Can I wait that long? I mean, I know he’s capable, I’ve seen him do it next door a couple of times so I know this isn’t his first time, although he did admit he tried to squeeze into a tight spot once and fell off! Can I have that? I’m not looking for a lawsuit here… There are other concerns too with the time frame, will the baby be sleeping? I don’t want him being woken up by the noise of the machinery.
So what do I tell the reliable lawn guy? I want to be sure I don’t scare him off, after all if the young guy doesn’t have it in him I may need him to come back and finish what new guy couldn’t. Will I be happy in this new match? Will he tend my bushes the way I need?
*Le sigh* The age old question I guess, older and reliable or younger and full of spunk?