I really, really, do! We are so excited to have purchased a new to us tractor for our homestead this winter. We were able to bring the new tractor home a week ago last Saturday, as the snow finally melted, and we could get it out of the shed it was being stored in. Just in time for spring projects. What a great day! Our new tractor will be big enough to handle all of our chores and then some, including snow removal, and barn cleaning, it has a loader! Can I get a WHOOT WHOOT???!!!
New (to us) Tractor as it rolled in the yard!
HardWorkin’ Hubby checking out the new buy.
Tommy waiting for his Dad to teach him how to operate the tractor.
First tractor lesson. The men teaching Tommy how to operate the tractor, and stand at the ready to assist if needed.
Please note that operating farm equipment is not to be taken lightly. It can be very dangerous, for adults as well as teens. Both my husband and his cousin, who is also teaching Tommy, have been operating farm equipment from a young age on family farms. If you are not completely comfortable with operating your equipment on your homestead, please do not attempt to teach your teens. Find a mentor to teach you first, and when you feel prepared, teach your family. Check with your local extension agency to see if they give lessons in farm safety. Because we live in a rural farming community our school devotes an entire day to farm safety for all students in 6th grade. Prevention and education are the key to preventing a tragedy.
With all that said, I would like to emphasize what a positive thing it is for boys to be involved on the homestead. Boys need mentoring from their Dads, and the other men in their lives. You could see all over Tommy’s face how proud he was to be considered old enough, responsible enough, and yes, man enough to be allowed to operate the tractor. He did a very good job, and it was a great opportunity for his Dad to teach him how to be a responsible man of character. Makes me a little misty, the sappy ol’ mama, but it really was a right of passage for Tommy to learn from, and get the approval of two important men in his life.
Boys & tractors, is there anything better???!!!