Lawn care is so much more than simply making a yard look nice. Yard work teaches important skills like patience and perseverance, and the timeless nature of lawn care makes it the perfect activity for one generation to bond with the next. As a young boy, Nathan Adams’s grandfather taught him the ins and outs of lawn mowing. Nathan stood by his grandpa’s side over the years observing and learning, and when he was old enough, Nathan took over the mowing himself.
When Nathan turned 14, he decided to start earning his own spending money. Though he was too young for most jobs, the entrepreneurial teen put his lawn expertise to use by starting his own business. Much to Nathan’s surprise, his community was moved by his determination. They helped him get the proper supplies, and booked the wee weeder regularly for his services.
Tragically, Nathan lost his horticultural hero of a grandfather, Frederick Adams, in early 2021. Frederick Adams was a military veteran and volunteer firefighter, a man with a perpetual drive to help those around him. To honor his late grandfather, Nathan devised a plan which combined multiple elements of his legacy.
“My grandfather passed in February, and I thought that maybe in his honor since I had my own business, I could cut lawns for veterans for free,” Nathan told Fox News.
In total, Nathan pledged to mow 50 lawns for free for 50 different elderly veterans. Even after their first free mow, veterans will always receive a discount from the hard-working teen. Nathan set his sights high, but with the support of his parents and the memory of his grandpa close to his heart, he’s ready to mow.
“I think my dad is looking down on Nathan…with so much pride because my dad was a fighter and as a veteran, he taught myself, my sister and the grandkids that we should always be thankful to our veterans because they’re the reason why we get to be free and make decisions,” Nathan’s mom Angel said.