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The backyard is not a priority

Aug. 29, 2004

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Built, but unpainted, the arbor has sat leaning sadly at the entrance to the sideyard for two years or more, lacking not only primer and paint, but also the climbing, flowering vine that was supposed to adorn it, as well as the secret garden it was supposed to lead to.

In those two years, at least two inflatable pools have been purchased, blown up with all the accompanying head rushes and frustrations, then wilted, lying wounded on the dying lawn, gathering dirt and leaves in their flaccid folds, and finally crumpled up and stuffed into the trash can, yielding the field back to the plastic green turtle, who has seen more active duty as a pool than the sand box it was intended to be. Now, only their feet fit into it (it was a squeeze even three years ago).