Some years ago, the people who service my lawnmower got somewhat overwhelmed and lost track of it. I called and was assured it was "next up" but after a few weeks, panic set in. Much of my back yard is well-watered, and the grass always grow thick and quickly. By the time I got it back, the grass was a foot high, and even though it's a decent riding mower, it struggled to make headway.
Indeed, it didn't so much mow it as push it over. I had to go over it multiple times over several days to restore it to some semblance of order and in the meantime, the mosquito population was off the charts.
I mention this because I see that several of my neighbors are participating in something called "No Mow May," which is the latest exercise in Yard Sign Calvinist virtue signalling.
I have to admit it is brilliant - one literally does nothing with the yard in order to feel superior to everyone else on the block who is maintaining theirs. Of course, the whole point of Yard Sign Calvinism is the yard sign, and this is critically important because without it, the yard just looks neglected.
Only by having the sign explain what is going on can one understand how simply doing routine yard work is now sinful and depraved.
Whether this experience is repeated remains to be seen. Whatever fuel I saved while waiting for the mower come back I more than used up once I tried to cut it. Not only did I have to mow it multiple times, the effort required of the engine to hack through the growth caused it to burn fuel at a greatly accelerated rate, causing me to go through a month's normal use in a matter of days.
In two more weeks, I will be interested to see if the signs remain, reminders of the virtue that the rest of us failed to demonstrate.
I'll also see how many use lawn services to clean up the results of their piety. Does cleaning up that mess bestow a plenary indulgence on the crews?