My family has some pretty deep rural roots and we were able to tap into those roots last weekend with a first ever Family Tractor Ride.
My Uncle Delbert furnished the tractors – a whole yard full of vintage ones in orange, and red and green.
And we furnished the drivers – 3 van loads full!
It took a few minutes for everyone to find a tractor, for the experienced drivers to give a few basic instructions to the rookies and for everyone to take a practice lap around the outbuildings.
Then we headed them down the driveway! We had a quite a line up of tractors of all ages with drivers of all ages heading down the blacktop! A little slow at first – until the rookies discovered “road gear”.
Of course my mom got in on the action! She drove “Grandma’s Tractor” – the one my grandma used when she worked in the fields with Grandpa.
Pedro took to driving that tractor like a natural! He got himself a shiny red one and spent the morning grinning from ear to ear!
Dagmar wasn’t going to be left out of the action either! She got to drive a shiny red Farmall that matched her sunglasses – and loved every minute!
Those of us who were too young to drive – or to scared to try – rode on a hay rack complete with our very own sound system! And yes – I was on the hay rack with all three of my sisters – who were also too scared to try. (But then – somebody had to chaperone those kids and take the pictures!)
We drove our parade of tractors seven miles from my uncle’s farm to my folk’s place where we parked them and took a break for lunch.
Then we fired them up again – and headed off down the road.
Aunts. Uncles. Cousins.
Remembering a simpler time. Honoring our past. Connecting with our rural heritage. Making memories.
And having a great time!
So much fun that when we finally got back to my uncle’s farm, most of the drivers hopped off the tractor they had been on and hopped on another to test it out!
Dad’s let the younger ones have a turn at the wheel in the safety of the barn yard.
And even I got up enough courage to get behind the wheel!
Thanks to my brother Tim – who made me do it and then did all the shifting so all I had to do is steer and clutch and brake. 🙂
It was an incredibly fun day!
Thank you Delbert – for helping us make a memory that we will never forget!