Weed Whacking woes


I wanted to be a jazz singer. I went to University to please my parents but ultimately I was just biding my time so that I could find a few musicians, form some sort of ensemble and hit the road! I had little interest in having a family, could not see myself as a mother, go figure 9 kids later!

When I had my first child Osama, I found out what unconditional and true love really meant. I could not imagine doing anything besides being a mom. I then could not imagine ever loving any person like I loved him, until Yusuf came along and I fell in love all over again.

I adore this big family and these amazing children, each one unique and special. Thank God I never went on the road and instead became a mom! I guess you could say I found my calling or it found me. I love all of the antics that play out in our family and so I had to share one today.

My little Soos who is pictured in the photo below, is quite the student, artsy, stylish and tenacious woman. She never lets her five brothers forget that she is a formidable force! This summer endless arguements ensued regarding household chores and time expended on helping out. Soos eagerly explained that she could do any outdoor job as well as they could, but could they cook the same as she did each day?

The boys had a good chuckle and insisted that she would not be able to do this hard work, of course this fueled her motivation further until weed whacking time.  Soos ran outside and grabbed the weed whacker trying to start it but it was clearly too heavy. The boys stood snickering at this tiny girl trying to show off her muscles, feeling quite vindicated in the process.

Grampa heard of  the incident and secretly bought her a gift, a battery operated weed whacker! She proudly started in with her trimming unaware of her attire! We all looked on in amazement as she trimmed and sculpted while wearing her baby doll dress (my nickname for it)  and sandals. This picture remains one of my favorites! Go Soos!



86 thoughts on “Weed Whacking woes

  1. I love your big, beautiful family! What you all have been through and survived! And still all these beautiful smiles and so much love! You were clearly destined to be a mom! Best job in the universe (besides grandma!) 🙂 ❤

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  2. OMG, I can relate – I do a TON of weed whacking here in Florida. I wear boots, long sleeves and pants now when I do it. And I need to rest today, too much! It IS hard work. Glad Soos found her way to do it with her new weed whacker from Grandpa!

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  3. YOU GO SOOS! Good for grandpa for solving the only real problem – equipment designed for male upper body strength.

    Now, lets see what those boys can do in the kitchen. NO EXCUSE for not having at least basic kitchen skills, guys – which will take some practice. Take a page from your sister and step it up!
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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  5. Yeah! 😀😀What a great lass and I love her grit…the dress is gorgeous and why not wear it for gardening! Ahh.l love how her grampa got her a battery operated whacker… now my next question might seem rather silly but what is it for exactly? Is to take weeds out of the patio? I do that on my hands and knees with a special scraping tool…then just tug and pull! I would like to learn a new method kinder on knees and back!

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