Three weeks ago
Pea: We should not rake our leaves. It is better for the lawn to rake in the spring!
Me: That is contrary to everything I have ever heard about leaf raking. We should rake our leaves.
Two weeks ago
Me: It is so weird, everyone on my street just shoves all their leaves into the street!
Colleague: No, that’s correct – the city picks them up with a big vacuum truck. Some areas it is weekly, some areas it’s only once. Otherwise you have to bag them and drive them to the organics depot yourself.
Me: Oh, that’s handy! relays information to Pea
One week ago
Me: So are we going to rake our leaves?
Pea: No, I think we should wait until spring! Also there are not that many.
Two days ago, windy
Every leaf everywhere falls on our lawn.
Yesterday, 4:30 pm
Pea: Our neighbour says leaf pick-up is this week for our street.
Me: Oh, really? looks it up Yep, Tuesday-Friday, they come by once.
Pea: We should rake our leaves today.
Me: Ok… do we have two rakes?
Pea: Yep! I’ve got the tarp all ready to haul them too.
Me internally: the sun sets in half an hour, but sure, yes, let’s go rake all our leaves…
Yesterday, 6 pm, full dark
Work colleague who lives in our neighbourhood, out jogging: Hey! Nice raking job. Wait, YOU shouldn’t be raking!
Me: I’m fine! And we’re just finished now.
Yesterday, 7 pm, over dinner
Me: Well, I’m glad we raked the leaves, but I think your timing was hilarious.
Pea: Yes, it is good we raked. You were very slow at raking though.
Me seven months pregnant: glares.
In related news, I am SO SORE today, my goodness. Especially my hands. I was worried for a moment that they were swollen a la preeclampsia, but I’m pretty sure they are just sore from raking. I did later give Pea a sincerely hard time for calling me a slow raker.