Cars & Trucks on Lawn 8A little over two years ago I moved from Connecticut to Tennessee.  Since then, I’ve been compiling a mental list of practices and behaviors that set the North apart from the South.  One such practice that I’ve had difficulty comprehending is the desire of Tennesseans to don the family vehicle (pronounced, vee-HI-ckle) on the front lawn of their homes instead of in its rightful place, the driveway, or better yet, the garage.

Recently, I headed out to run some errands, and as I rounded the corner to exit my super-sized subdivision, I couldn’t possibly ignore the outrageous site before me.  In fact, there was no way that anyone could miss this eyesore.

Take a look at this photo above.  There, on the tiny strip of green grass that divides one neighbor’s property from the other, sits the cabin of a tractor trailer truck, or a semi as they call them here.  To add more flavor to the scene, there’s also a van parked on the same patch of lawn and a tag sale, otherwise known as a yard sale in these parts, which made me want to close my eyes, click my heels three times and repeat,  There’s no place like home.  There’s no place like home.

As I dove into my overstuffed purse in frantic search of my point-and-shoot camera, I almost hit the mailbox of a nearby home.  But I have never seen anything quite like this before, and I needed evidence for the folks back home.

Had someone parked their big rig on their front lawn in Connecticut, rest assured there’d be a blizzard in Florida before the neighbors would allow it to remain there for very long.  They’d be on their cell phones complaining to town officials in a New York minute, and that truck would be history before nightfall. In fact, in the Northeast, or at least in Connecticut, people park in their garages, and if they don’t have one, then they park either in their driveways or on the street.  Where I come from, it’s just bad manners to park on the lawn.

But not here.  That cabin sat on that scrawny strip of lawn long after both the yard sale and the white van had vanished.  In fact, it sat there for several days.  As I passed it on my way to work each day, I wondered exactly when it would finally disappear.  I kind of felt bad for the neighbors having to endure the unsavory view each time they stepped out their front doors.

Parking on the front lawn in Tennessee is as normal to folks as flowers blooming in spring and to prove it, I decided to ditch the errands that day and instead, check out the rest of my subdivision for some interesting finds.  Within thirty minutes, here’s what I found.

LOOK! Cars & Trucks on Lawn 2Notice that there’s only ONE vehicle in the driveway, so what’s the deal with parking on the lawn?

Whooo- Weee! Look at THESE sexy babes, posing for the camera!

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I’m beginning to wonder if parking on an angle is supposed to take away from the fact that the car is on the lawn.  Or is it just the Tennessean way of being classy?  Where I come from, cars parked like these usually don For Sale signs with hand-written phone numbers on them.

The homeowner in the picture below could possibly have a legitimate reason for parking on the lawn.  First, there may be four licensed people living in the house, or NOT, because hey, this IS Tennessee.  There could also be a party, but since I didn’t see anyone in the garage barbecuing, I’m going to steer away from that hypothesis.  I will applaud them however, for at least utilizing the space in the driveway before creating a parking lot on their lawn.  Nice job! Cars & Trucks on Lawn 5

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If this car’s owner wanted to protect the sleek and sassy paint-job from the hot, damaging, southern sun, then maybe parking in the garage would prove much more effective than parking under a couple of  toddler trees that are barely large enough to protect it from anything.

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In this picture, the car IS the front lawn.  In fact, it’s almost as big as the house!

Trust me when I tell you that there were plenty more pictures that I could’ve added to this collection, however I didn’t want to overwhelm you.  But, before I leave you with one final image, let me stand upon my soapbox just one final time and express that a lawn is something that adds beauty to your home.   Parking cars on it, in my opinion, steals away that beauty, and if your house is by chance ugly, well, a car on the front lawn does NOT make it prettier. Folks, instead of looking at something aesthetically pleasing, you’re just adding litter to your yards, not to mention that you’re lowering the property value of my home, since I’m your neighbor.

If you live in a mansion and have a front lawn the size of Disney World, then by all means, knock yourself out and park wherever the dickens you want.  If your car is a Ferrari or Lamborghini, well I’d definitely let you park it on my lawn!  But wanna-be cars like Honda Civics and Cutlass Supremes need to stay off the postage stamp-sized lawns.  In fact, use the garage for its true purpose and hide them there!

And now for the final image.  I leave you with the junk yard!