I’m just trying to make a few extra bucks where I can so I can save up for our band trip to Europe this summer, so why am I stuck out here trying to teach someone how to get rid of gophers? I mow lawns, lady. That’s it. If I think you have a gopher problem, I’ll tell you I think you have a gopher problem. But, I don’t know how to get rid of gophers, so quit acting like I’m your own personal Wikipedia of gopher knowledge.
I hated the French horn when my mom handed it to me, but it was the only instrument we owned, and we don’t have enough to buy or rent another one. So, guess what? I learned how to play the French horn. Turned out it was pretty cool after all. I mean, not cool like popular. But, cool for band people. Not a lot of people play the French horn, and definitely not a lot of girls. Plus, I’m good. I practice a lot. Now that I’m a junior, I’m first chair, and I got invited to join a county band that performs three times a year. We got good enough that our county band was invited to play a few places in Western Europe, and I am so excited.
Course, when I told my parents, they were totally happy for me, but I could tell they were also worried about how much it would cost. The trip’s next year, so I have a long time to work and save up money. I’m pretty sure I can do it.
So, that’s what my mind’s on. School, band, making money for the Europe trip. Not on how to get rid of gophers. I babysit year-round, I walk dogs, I house sit, I mow lawns this spring and summer, I’ll rake leaves in the fall, and I’ll shovel walkways in the winter.
This lady is actually pretty cool to me. She pays me right away, and even gives me tips and brings drinks out to me. She’s not at home a lot, she says, and she hates taking care of her yard. So, she also hires me to pull weeds and stuff, because she doesn’t like to do it herself.
But, last week and today I noticed big huge holes in her yard, with dirt sprayed out like a fan around mounds of dirt. Last week, I thought a dog had just dug around, but I did some online research over the week, and realized I’d seen gopher holes in her yard. She needed to do something to get rid of gophers. And, I told her so. Then, she told me she’d pay me extra to get rid of gophers for her. Uh, not really my thing. Mowing, yes. Pulling weeds, yes. Gophers, no.
So, then she started asking me all these questions about gophers, how to get rid of gophers, when are gophers most busy, and on and on. I have no idea. But, fortunately, I know who does. I gave her the number for Allstate Animal Control, and she gave me an extra couple of bucks for the info. Hey, every little bit counts. Europe, here I come!