233. Helen the Gardner

Helen was outside watering her lawn like she every other day. She loves her lawn and garden. She has the prettiest house on the , but it's only because she works at it hard. Helen is in her mid-40s but you 't know it by looking at her. Her face nearly wrinkle-free, and it seems she has more than people half her age.

"Good morning, Helen." said as I walked outside on my way work. "Hi Robert, how are you?" she asked. "! I'm doing fine. Your yard is looking good," said. And it was. Sometimes it really bothers that I can't get my lawn to look nice as hers. "What's your secret, Helen?" I . "Secret to what?" She answered. "To having such beautiful lawn! I water mine, I seed mine year and I still can't get it to as good as yours. I'm jealous!" I said a smile. Helen just nodded and had this little look on her face that suggested she just better at keeping her lawn nice than was.

I didn't like that look, but I it's okay that she feels that way. I've Helen since she was a little girl and have not gone well with her lately. She's alone for a long time. She wasn't very when she was young. She had terrible acne covered her face from ear to ear. It her very self-conscious so she didn't go out dates very much, but that all changed when met Josh. They were together for more than years until, sadly, they went their separate ways. then, Helen has nurtured and tended her garden if it were her child.

When I got later that day, she was outside working on roses. I said hello to her as I to my door, and she smiled brightly. She beautiful.





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