Week #10 Lawn People (March 23rd, 2011)

Robbins “Lawn People” was an alright read.  As a kid growing up I was always outside playing and creating those imaginary games that most kids do.  At least back then before video games were taking over children’s lives.  I grew up in a trailer park and didn’t really have much to play with so I cherished our lawn space.  Neighborhood kids and I played tackle football, mini golf, and other made-up games that were created on the spot.  So, in relation to this book the use of my lawn was mostly when I was younger. As a teenager growing up we moved to our first house, which meant a bigger yard.  Therefore I didn’t like the term “lawn” so much because this meant I had to do chores, which consisted of: racking leaves, picking up stick, mowing and bagging the grass and so on.  This was such an inconvenience as a teenage because I wanted to be playing with my friends and chasing the neighborhood “hotties”, which I always got!  But as I have matured into a more understanding young man, I have noticed that a lawn means more than just a yard.  It represents how well managed a household is and if a person is organized then their lawn will be kept nice and neat.  Individuals use their landscape as a visual for how they represent themselves and a way they can be compared to others around them without have to verbally brag. On a visit to Shaker Heights over a fall break I was taken by surprise when we rolled up from the poor end of Shaker to one the wealthiest part of Cleveland, I was taken back by the lawns of individual houses.  This was and was not a surprise to me.  After learning the Shaker Heights has one of the highest property taxes in The United States, then it all began to make sense to me, but before knowing that I was blown away with the landscapes.  Most of everyone had a lawn that looked like the putting green located on hole 18 at Oak Haven Golf course.  Although the concept of a lawn can be seen as a personal investment and how well organized one can be, it is all open for different interpretations.

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