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33. 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
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