Saturday, June 13, 2009

Tractor Memories

Fifth annual "Drive Your Tractor To Work Day"!

Where was this when I was in high school?

I would totally have been there with my dad's John Deere A, sans cab. Only sissies drive tractors with cabs. (Julia dodges tomatoes and rotten fruit being thrown).

When I was a kid, my dad made a deal with all six of his kids. If we worked for him on our 250 plus acre dairy/beef farm, he would pay for all of our college expenses. Bless his heart. My siblings and I baled hay, hauled feed wagons, cleaned barns and calf pens, milked cows, fed calves, shoveled silage, and, well, you get the idea. My favorite chore was to take the off road motorcycle and check fence lines.

Actually, it was a great way to grow up.

When I announced that I was going to choose nursing as a career, Dad was somewhat skeptical. He thought nursing was a fine career choice, he just didn't see me wielding hypodermic needles and remaining conscious. To prove my nurse-worthiness, he asked me to immunize that year's crop of calves. Which I did. And the rest is history.....

1 comment:

Denise @ Sunflowers, Chocolate and Little Boys said...

I love this post. I have never driven a tractor but have ridden on them lots of times because I married a farmer =D