To say that my mom is a neat freak would be the understatement of the century. She is almost constantly cleaning our house or the yard, and there is never a speck of dust or stray leaf to be found. As a matter of fact, just the other day I was having a discussion with her about tattoos, as I would love to get one that representative of her. Her response was, "Well Meg, there are really four things you could get: a monkey [a decorating passion of hers], a rake, a vacuum, or a leaf blower." Not to say that these things are really symbolic of who she is as a person, but they are certainly representative of the things she does most (besides running). She has actually given herself tennis elbow from raking. For real.
Anyway, to get to the point of this post: My mother obsessively blows the leaves in our yard. Actually, she usually doesn't blow leaves, because there are rarely any around. My dad refers to it as "vacuuming the driveway," because she is, most often, just blowing dust and dirt around into piles. She actually uses her leaf blower so much that she wears it down until it breaks. Never fear though, because she owns two leaf blowers for this very occasion. While the broken one is being repaired, she has a trusted backup on hand.
Knowing all of this, you can only imagine how incredibly amused I was when I received an email from my sister telling me to Google map my parents' house and check out the satellite image. This is what I found:
I don't know if you can see it from here, but THAT IS MY MOM IN THE DRIVEWAY BLOWING LEAVES! Amazing. I think myself, my sister, and my dad almost laughed until we cried. Thank you, Google Maps, for making my week.
Sidenote: Unfortunately, you can't see close enough to appreciate the fact that she is also wearing her official yard uniform, which features white ankle socks and Birkenstocks. My mom is truly one of a kind. Man, I love her.