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First Love

I guess it all started when I was about six years old. Mom and Dad would pack me away to my dad’s parent’s farm here in Texas for a few weeks R & R. This sure made a city boy happy. There was a creek to wade, a barn to play in, and even an oat bin that I could jump into from the rafters in the barn. Yes, life was all a young boy could ask for. Then she came into my sight. Slightly faded, a little rusted but she took my breath away. There she sat in the tractor shed, just waiting for me. She was Grandpa’s 8-N Ford. I could set on her, shifting gears and just dream of the day when I could become more that just a passing friend. The first few summers all I was allow to do was set on Grandpa’s knee and watch all the happenings. A couple years later he said those words which I dreamed of. “Take the tractor and put it back in the shed”. All of a sudden I was in love. The sound of those four pistons, the large steering wheel and the whole farm before me was everything I could ask for. I could not have been more proud if she had been a brand new tractor. Many summers pasted and my love grew for the red tractor. Finally I got too busy in the summer to go on R & R. But, she (the 8-N) never ceased to hide in the back of my mind, but now life kept me in the big city. No room for a tractor there. Finally when I was old enough (about 48 years old) I decided the love of a tractor was something that was not going away. Grandpa’s 8-N was still in the family, still working for here upkeep. I couldn’t bring her home to me so I took that love and went searching. Yes, there had to be another love out there. I looked at a lot of 8-N’s before a tractor said to me “take me home”. She was a little different from my first love she was an MF-35, red with four pistons, and a big steering wheel. We have been together now for about ten years. Old age is slowly over taking both of us, but there is still a little boy and the love of a red tractor every time we spend the day together.

Garvas Holt, TX, entered 2008-01-05
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