Stringtown neighbor across the river Ed, turning in to the driveway at Sassafras Farm with the tractor.
I’ve been rather conflicted about this tractor.
Many of you have asked about the tractor that was at Stringtown Rising and why didn’t I have a tractor here.
One reason is that this tractor was owned jointly and some mutual decisions and agreements had to be made about the tractor’s future. Also, the tractor is not paid for. The tractor is not even half paid for. Did I actually want to take over responsibility for the tractor? I can’t drive the tractor. And I’m scared of the tractor.
But I need a tractor.
Efforts were made to sell the tractor. Such efforts were somewhat hampered by the fact that the tractor isn’t paid for, which means no cut-rate deal could be made. No point selling the tractor for less than is owed and still owing the tractor people–but having no tractor. The monthly payments on the tractor are reasonably low, and I’ve already been paying on the tractor for a few years. So. I might as well make the rest of the payments (for the rest of my life!) and keep it if it can’t be sold for what’s owed on it.
Should I repeat yet again the story of my oldest brother who died in a tractor accident when he was 13 at my grandparents’ farm in Oklahoma? How I was told about how he died on a tractor from the time I was old enough to understand words? How my parents hung a lifesize painting of him in our house? Painted from a photo taken at the age he died on a tractor? How creepy that was when I was a kid? How I’ve always been afraid of tractors? Need I go on about this irrational paranoia? I used to think I was going to die when I was 13 because my brother died when he was 13. I got over that when I turned 14. (Whew, I’m 14, looks like I might live…..UNLESS I GET ON A TRACTOR!)
All that notwithstanding, Ed drove the tractor the 10 miles over here for me yesterday afternoon.
So now I have a tractor. It has a front-end loader, and my cousin has a brush hog and a harrow that I can borrow. As if.
It might be parked right there for a long time.