After spending most of my adult life firmly entrenched in the rat-race, I've decided to "Back 'er Down" and focus on the more simple, important things in life.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Farewell To An Old Friend
A part of this blog is to help me write and verbalize to myself the silliness in "accumulating stuff." Sometimes I get attached. Today we let go of our 1954 John Deere 40. It had been for sale for a while, but today was finally the day she left. It has served our family well for almost 19 years. The real reason that I had such sentimental ties to it........it was the very first tractor that Dad and I restored together. It was also the first tractor that my oldest son drove....just earlier this year. It was the tractor that allowed me to learn the proper way to use and care for these old machines. Hard pill to swallow.
However......the reason that we sold it makes the pill a little easier to get down. We recently purchased a 1949 John Deere M. My grandfather bought an M brand new in 1949. It is the tractor on which Dad learned how to drive, how to garden, how to work. He always wanted one of his own. Now he has one and the restoration can get underway. It was a bittersweet process. A tractor that I've grown to love is gone. However, we now have an opportunity to allow my Dad to realize a lifelong dream. Making that a reality it totally worth it.