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Date:11/27/2014 5:37:15 PM
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Farmalls (Part II)
After I got back to the homestead, we moved the old hay wagon chassis out of the tractor shed and parked it in the lee side of the barn where it would be somewhat protected from the rain and snow. Tommy was bemused when I told him that it would be easier if he unhitched it and then pushed it by himself into its parking place. But, when he saw how easy it was for him (with his "Hoss Catwright"-like strengh) to do it, he allowed as how I'd been right for once. I then asked Tommy to take David's tractor out on the road in fourth gear to get it really warmed up. While he ran it up to Susie's house and then back to the homestead, I cranked up the 1938 Farmall after its winter's rest and got it going as well. Both times after starting those tractors I looked up to Heaven to thank God and His servant David for their help. Childish wishfulness? Maybe. Still, that's how I think. After Tommy had backed his Farmall into the tractor shed, I took Pa's old Farmall out for the same loop in order to get it warmed up. When I got to Belle-Soeur Susie's place, I saw her look out a window. As I turned it around in her drive she poked her head out of her kitchen door and yelled, "You guys are having too much fun!" She understood. Tommy and I were working through our own grief and honoring David and Pa by making sure their tractors still ran.

God! it was good to ride those two old tractors! Tommy, though he probably wouldn't express it, had to have felt the same way. The two of us remaining brothers moved equipment and ran tractors and then shut them down in the tractor shed. My Ruthie, who had walked over to the homestead to take photos (she understood what is was that we were really doing) capped the night off by remarking, "It's like your Pa and David are together again"

What a beautiful comment! Leave it to my Ruthie to think of it! Eldest Brother David had been the last to drive the "old tractor", the 1938 Farmall, back last November. I'd thought that it would've been painful to be the first to drive it this Spring. I was wrong. I do think that as we get older, we begin to understand that the vale between the departed and the living is very, very thin. I felt very close to the two Davids as we worked those tractors, the two Farmalls. --Gary
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