Erin was chatting with our next-door neighbour a few days back when he surprised (shocked) her with a bit of news.
"I sprayed your front lawn for you. Just wanted to take care of all those dandelions."
I must be clear, this is a good neighbour. A very friendly man who is great with our kids. He recently retired and spends most of his time grooming his own yard.
His idea of a nice yard, however, differs from ours. We'd rather have dandelions than chemicals. His yard is impeccable; the lawn is a green carpet. I swear, it needs vacuuming more than mowing.
He has lived next door to what is now my house for more than 30 years. And in that time, he's done a lot of work on what is now my yard. The two giant peonies out front, he transplanted from his grandparents house (he's even named them). He also planted the rose bush out back (which he's told me he's thrown fertilizer at over the fence).
On more than one occasion, he has said to me, "If your lawn looks green, my lawn looks green."
Erin was too dumbfounded to say anything. She, pregnant, mother of two small kids who like to roll around on grass and shove everything in their mouths.
I've got to talk to him. I don't want to insult him, or his yard. What should I say?