Leaves or content – which is harder to control?

by: Laurel Stiller

It’s fall and for many of us, that means it’s time for some hearty leaf raking. I love a beautiful fall day, with the sun shining and the whole family working together in the yard. At the end of the day, we can actually see what we have accomplished.

Now picture this: My husband, father-in-law and cousin – all wearing those high-powered leaf blower backpacks – leaving me to handle the rake and tarp. They blew leaves into large piles, while I raked them onto the tarp and then dragged it to the side of the road for pickup.

When you have three people making the piles and you are the only one doing the raking, you tend to get behind. At some point, my cousin suggested I get a bigger tarp. So I did. But then all I had was this GIANT pile of leaves that I couldn’t possibly pull on my own. It turns out a bigger tarp didn’t make my work more efficient.


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