But this spring, his grass grew high, raising eyebrows among the neighbors. A few even called to make sure he was okay.
“He’s fine,” his wife assured them. “He’s just taking a break.”
By late May, Mark’s grass was more than a foot tall. The homeowners association sent him a letter, demanding that he cut it. But he let it grow wild all year.
The following year, Mark returned to his yard. But his next door neighbors put their houses up for sale, and the others avoided him.