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Cindi    Posted 07-02-2003 at 04:26:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had the tractor key taken away from me. Not by my husband, but by my fourteen year old son.

Out the door I went, prepared to move around some stuff with it so I could mow and clean up and here he came at a dead run and snatched the key from the ignition before I even got settled into the seat good. I just stared at him like he'd lost his mind.

Okay, granted, I don't know everything there is to know about the tractor, but I know how to make it go and how to make it stop and I recently discovered the thingie that makes the arm dealies in the back go up and down, and I have a manual, so I am encouraged to keep trying.

"You're gonna tear it up." Jake informed me, with absolutley no regard for the time honored tradition of following up that observation with saying something positive, which forced me into a defensive position.

"Look boy, you didn't come out of the womb knowing how to run this thing, and if you can learn it I can learn it, so give me that key. Now."

"You'll have to pry it from my cold dead fingers."

"That can be arranged."

"'s the only tractor we've got, and might get hurt." Big old sad eyes.

Ratzen fracken snackldybrack. When did he learn to use sentiment to win an argument?

"Okay....fine. If you're not going to give me the key, then you're going to move all these implements out of my way so that I can mow. Deal?"

Sigh of releif.


I don't know whether to be proud of him or beat the snot out of him. I'm glad that he values the tractor and wants to take care of it, but it kind of rubs me the wrong way that he thinks I'm not capable of learning how to run the stupid thing.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-02-2003 at 06:27:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never underestimate the power, instability or stupidity of a tractor. Tractors are very hazardous and i'm not saying that from a gender standpoint - they don't have any idea who's driving. If you look around too long, push the wrong lever, forget to pull the hitch pin, hit a rock, turn too sharp, swing thru a slope or just don't shove in the clutch in time, they can getcha. Until you've had some implement climb up a back tire and unseat you, they seem innocent enough, but trying to stop the thing while you're scrambling around underneath trying to outroll a disc, big tire or PTO shaft can be kinda tricky.
Skeptical? Horses are way bigger than us and look what tractors did to the horse population - and they weren't even in the same pasture! :)

Cindi    Posted 07-02-2003 at 09:15:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm....sounds like a lot of experience oozing out of that diatribe. I gotaa admit, you got my attention.

Smart Boy...    Posted 07-02-2003 at 05:49:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tractors can kill you (or others) before you know what you did wrong...


rhudson    Posted 07-02-2003 at 04:51:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
never get between a man and his tractor. and it not a "stupid thing" and learn the right words to call the rock shaft lift arms. i dont know maybe like my son he feels its a male thing. he was amazed when my wife used one of the tractors to get a bale of hay for the cows when i was sick.

Cindi    Posted 07-02-2003 at 05:00:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well considering the fact that I taught him how to drive the truck and use just about every household aplliance we have you would think he would return the favor. All I can say is it must be really hard if he's that convinced that I couldn't possibly learn it.

Rock shaft lift arms. Maybe if I learn the proper terminology I can bluff him into thinking I know what I'm doing.

rhud, i use the bluff alo    Posted 07-02-2003 at 12:24:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
once ran the backhoe into a block pump house in my backyard (i hit something just about every time i drive it). i was trying to finish reblocking the pumphouse when my wife drove into the yard. i told her i finally got around to fixing the old cracks in the mortor. a man never knows with a woman, i still not sure if she bought that i was fixing something that she wanted me to fix.

Jimbob    Posted 07-02-2003 at 04:45:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember a song- 'Don't let your boys grow-up to be cowboys'. No doubt he loves you though.

Cindi    Posted 07-02-2003 at 04:51:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
You sure it's me? Or the tractor. Lol!

Jimbob    Posted 07-02-2003 at 09:20:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
A home without a mom becomes just a house. God bless your happy home.

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