I'm not sure why it is, that I just can't get the farm out of my head. As a youngster I was placed on an old Farmall M to do the spring field work. I used to hope it would break down or something, so I could get off the dang thing and go fishing instead,,,, It never did.
As I grew older, I got more involved with different operations of the farm. Making hay seemed to dominate my summers, harvest seemed to steal away my fall. I did hire out to others for a lot of this, barn cleanings and field work where always there to be done. Some of the farmers had newer tractors. One in particular had a 175 Allis with a cab on it,,, wow I couldn't wait. Until a few hours later and no air conditioning,,, I wish it had broke down,,, it didn't.
So I took a job that took me off the farm. I made good money, traveled a lot and learned a good trade. But after nearly 35 years, the farm kept creeping back into my mind. I not sure why. I couldn't wait to get off the back of that darn old tractor years ago. Now I want my butt back in the saddle.
So I bought a small 20 acre farm with a creek running through the middle of it,,, after all who needs a perfect little place that has no faults, and it makes up for not being hilly by still having plenty of rocks, and the heavy clay soils that pull hard. So I still have some of the misery of my youth. Time to buy a tractor...
I went back to my roots, and found a Farmall H. This seemed like a reasonable choice,, after all it is only 20 acres. But I also found a Farmall M that very next day after buying the H. So I brought it home as well. The M brought back my days as a kid. And my dad's M. Each tractor needs some work, each tractor will more than do any chore I need done, but somehow they belong here,,,, and so do I. I think I have finally figured it out.
Life is tough, two marriages, three kids, and a thankless job. There are rewards with farm life, satisfaction seen with your work. I hope I don't forget all that again,,,, I won't.
D.Waak, TX, entered 2012-05-02
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