I have one happy husband. Why? Because he’s completed step one of becoming a farmer. He (we) bought a tractor.
In true Ryan “I love old rusty things” fashion – he chose a 1952 Allis Chalmers tractor. We bought it from a sweet older man named Jim. Whom Ryan adored. Jim and his wife bought the tractor 37 years ago used. They needed it for some acreage they just bought to build a house and couldn’t afford anything new or green. His wife was pregnant with their first child at the time.
I think it’s just crazy that we are in a very similar position right now, 37 years later. Sometimes, the stars just align.
And now we have an old, rusty (but in working order) tractor to show for it.
Jim kept telling us how he hoped that we’d get as many wonderful years from the tractor. And that he hated to see it go. Jim battled cancer last year and his wife and kids pushed him to buy a new tractor that was more reliable and easier to get on and off.
He even had all the original manuals and books for the tractor. Ryan’s getting a kick out of reading them.
Anyhow, Jim was so sweet and my husband is downright giddy about his new toy. He even got some old implements.
Getting it all on our truck and trailer was a bit of a challenge but the two guys got it done. It’s pretty darn heavy stuff. And I’m very little help.
I’m kicking myself for not getting a picture of Jim and Ryan working together. It was kind of precious.
But I did get a couple of pictures of my husband working on his new baby.
Another side story: The next morning, Jim woke up at 4 a.m., worried sick that he hadn’t told Ryan what type of oil the tractor takes. Since he didn’t have our contact info (Ryan called him on a landline without caller ID), Jim called our credit union (which he knew from the cash envelope we gave him) and told the bank that he needed to get ahold of us. The credit union called us first thing in the morning to tell us what type of oil this old tractor took. So cute!
What do you think of Ryan’s new baby?
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