We have a zero turn mower here on the farm. I call it Mondo-mower, because it is a monstrosity. We bought it a few years ago, when there was money available because I was still working. It was intended to make the task of cutting the grass easier on everybody here, and to allow my husband (an amputee) to take a larger role in the mowing. We also thought that if mowing were more fun, it would be easier to get the boys to do it without all the hassle of badgering them.
And, to be fair, it has done all of those things. The boys helped with the mowing without too much complaint. We could finish the entire farm in an afternoon. And I've always left the mowing to the guys, because they seemed to enjoy Mondo-mower and, to be frank, I've had other things to do. Also, I was more than a little bit scared of it. I'd use the push mower, but you wouldn't catch me anywhere near Mondo-mower. But, now the boys are leaving soon and so I felt like I should try to figure Mondo-mower out. And I did just that, yesterday.
Holy cow - no wonder they didn't mind mowing. That thing is fun to drive. My husband was out there with me and he just had to stand back. I was racing all over the place. I turned donuts in the yard - in the interest of thorough mowing, of course. :) The only thing that made me a tad nervous was navigating hills, so the guys might still have to do the steep areas. But, who knows - I might get really brave on Mondo-mower. At any rate, I'm confident that I can pick up some of the slack once the boys leave. In the meantime, if you need me, I'll be outside - cutting the grass!