At this point there is a hideous fountain, random plants and trees scattered about. Christmas lights on all the trees. Flags and who knows what all going on in the yard.
The grass is actually a mat of weeds mowed to the dirt and burned, of course the flower beds are weed free.
My point is that trying too hard is almost worse than not trying at all. To see smiles on the faces of the children would perk up the area considerably. I don't know what the motivation is, I do know this, I wouldn't want to be one of them.
My dad used to set us to pulling weeds as punishment. I remember one summer my sister and I decided it would be a good idea to steal bikinis from May Co. We debated in the dressing room, rather loudly.
As you can imagine the police and our parents came to the "rescue" and we had the best looking front lawn on the block.
My point is, whether you think your neighbor, friend, family in front of you at church, has it better. Visit them when they don't expect you and you'll soon see that is not true.
We all have our demons, difficulties and delights. Yours are not better or worse than mine. They may be different, they may be similar. We are all on our own journey's and the only thing to do is your best.
So, whether your lawn is pristine or overgrown doesn't matter. It's the smile on your face and those of your family that tells the story. We cannot know what others go through, we can know they do. Be kind to one another and pray for those who find the need to "Keep up appearances." Let's cut the bullshit, not the lawn.