The Griner Family Tractor Ride was so much fun last year – we just had to do it again!
This year’s ride was in Grandpa’s honor – and he would have loved it.
He’d be grinning from ear to ear just seeing all his great-grand kids sitting behind the wheel of these vintage tractors .
The kids were grinning, too.
And yes – so was I! There’s just something exciting about the sound of an old tractor. Especially when your surrounded by family and memories.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the very cool concept of our family tractor ride, let me enlighten you.
First, everyone claims one of my Uncle Delbert’s vintage tractors. This can be very interesting since each tractor has a unique personality and temperament.
And each driver has a different set of driving skills.
Some more experienced drivers just jumped on a tractor and took off. They looked and felt right at home behind the wheel.
Others needed a lesson or two before we started.
And some took Dad along – just in case.
This was Angel Girl’s first time on a tractor – and she wasn’t the only one.
Buddy even got to drive for a little while – with Dad of course.
My Uncle Delbert was everywhere at the same time.
Starting tractors, giving lessons, answering questions.
He is a brave man to share his toys with us!
Once the drivers were ready, they lined up at the edge of the farm yard ready to hit the road.
They didn’t stay lined up though. They’d sit there for a few minutes, then somebody would grin and pull out of line and make another pass around the machine shed.
Or two or three.
Soon the whole line up was circling the buildings.
It was like herding cats. 🙂
When everybody was ready – and the hay rack was loaded with of those of us “non-drivers” – we started down the blacktop.
It was our very own family parade driving by all the familiar places of my childhood.
Uncle Delbert’s farm. The river. Uncle Dale’s farm. The Anderson place where we lived until I was eight. The Morgan’s.
And then past the cemetery where Grandpa and Grandma are buried, into town and to the park.
We took the back roads home, right to Grandpa’s farm.
It was a little bittersweet to drive in the yard, see those tractors circle the barn and come to rest in front of the house.
It seemed like Grandpa should be there, opening the door with a grin and offering us a dish of ice cream and piece of Grandma’s chocolate cake.
They would have loved this.
We all loved it.
Thank you Uncle Delbert.
Photo credits: Wiggy Photography, Inc. Thanks guys!