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Father-Student, Son-Teacher
In September of 1999,I lost one of my best friends,my father.Diabetes and what seems like every complication that accompanies the disease,had affected my father in one way or another.In the last two years or so,I saw him go from a strapping middle age man to a person who resemsled a very old man.Some of my favorite memories of him are of him on his M Farmall plowing a feild or combineing the crop that we grew that year,or working on some old tractor out in the feild because it had broken down. My father was a gentle man with a firm hand,especially when I messed up!I dont know of anyone he knew that didnt call him a friend to all and I never heard him say a bad word about anybody.He loved life and loved living every minute of it. He loved his old tractors and he loved going to shows.It gave him the chance to 'teach' me every thing about some tractor Ive seldom seen or to 'remind' of the things I already knew.For example,we went to a show two years ago.Dad had had his first heartattck a few months earlier but was on his way back to recovery.He was like a kid in a candy store.We had to stop at every single tractor so he could tell my brother and me about it!I miss those days. Dad had gone into the hospital to have his leg amputated on the 11th of September.On the 18th,he passed away.The next few days were hard on me as well as my family.Time and prayers has helped alot,as well as support from the great guys at YTs Tractor tales.I used to tell Dad about the funny happenings on there and the things I had learned on he Farmall board.He really ejoyed it. Abotu a week after my father passed away my 4 year old son wanted to go see his granddaddy.I didnt know what to say to him.Ive never had to face the death of someone that close to me before,so I decided to try the truth.I told him that granddady had been sick and he went to Heaven to be with God.He was real sad and cried just a little.I was right there with him.We got over our little sad period and he went in his room for a few minutes.He came back in and looked at me and said,'Daddy,I know why God needed Grandaddy.He needed him to come up there and work on his big red tractor!'Once again,Im the one being 'taught about tractors.'

RED Blooded John D Manley, from SC, entered 2000-01-14



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