Yesterday Bill gave his beloved Wheel Horse lawn mower away.
Bill bought the Wheel Horse from my brother John for $1,000 in 1980. John was preparing to move to South Carolina and didn't want to take his tractor with him.
Bill used that Wheel Horse to mow our lawn in Pennsylvania for 26 years.
He brought the Wheel Horse with us when we moved to Delaware. He continued to use it to mow our lawn for the past four years.
A couple of weeks ago our neighbor (who happens to be a Pakistani Muslim doctor) across the street from us told Bill he was selling his house. He asked Bill if he wanted to buy his John Deere tractor. Bill jumped at the offer. Our neighbor doesn't live at his house and only used his tractor a few time before he and his family moved to Philadelphia.
Now Bill had two tractors. What to do with the Wheel Horse?
Bill decided to ask the man who mows our other neighbor's lawing he wanted it. That man is Hispanic. We don't know if he is an illegal or not but it doesn't matter to us. Every time we see him mowing and trimming our neighbor's lawn we have always been impressed at how hard he works. He obviously has his own business. We did have that little incident this past summer when his little boy got into one of my bluebird houses but I have since moved past that. He hasn't brought the kid back since I complained to him.
He said he wanted it. He was very happy. Bill explained to him how the lawn mower worked and gave him the papers with instructions. I don't know how much good those instructions will do because they're so old, they're only in English (unlike instructions these days which are in both English and Spanish).
Thus we had a successful, friendly, neighborly transaction yesterday.
Now would this transaction have been possible in the kind of country that the Tea Party wants? Consider what has happened here:
- Mr. Hameed, our Muslim Pakistani neighbor offers his John Deere tractor for sale to Bill.
- Bill is gay.
- Bill offers his Wheel Horse tractor to the Hispanic (Guatemalan) man who mows our neighbor's lawn.