Cliff and I went to the Mayview Picnic today, using our largest tractor (the Oliver 1855) as transportation. They have a huge yearly tractor drive that usually involves 30 or more participants. Most folks haul their tractors in on a trailer, unload them, and line up for the drive. Since Mayview is only about fifteen miles from our house, it's one of the few times Cliff can drive the big tractor and show it off; it's too big to load on any of our trailers. We drive there by ourselves, then line up with the others and go even further, although this year they abbreviated the ride because of the heat. It's slow going, since some of the antique tractors can't go over six miles per hour. In fact, I think Cliff is about ready to swear off tractor drives because they're so boring to him. I, on the other hand, really enjoy it for the most part, but then I don't get out much. I'll post pictures in another entry.
Gabe has gone on two tractor drives with us and loved every minute. Today we were getting ready to leave and I let him go outside with us while we prepared the tractor. He saw the tractor sitting there with the basket behind it that he's ridden in twice before, and immediately ran and jumped in, ready to go.
Now, on to my ramblings about things that have been running through my mind lately... I made notes during my ride in the basket behind the tractor, but it's such a bumpy ride, you can hardly make out what I jotted down.
Second item on the list is Gabe with the tractor. I've already covered that.
The third item says, quite simply, sing. In a moment of quiet, early-morning pondering last week, this question came to me: If I knew I only had a short time to live, what would I do differently? The answer was almost immediate... I'd sing more. I don't mean singing for an audience, or even getting out the guitar and singing. I'd just open my mouth and sing more often for the pure joy of singing. My husband, who doesn't sing too well, has mastered this art. My parents sang around the house all the time when I was growing up, just because they felt like it... Daddy especially. He sang randomly and often. If you wanted to get my mom singing, all you had to do was put her in a rocking chair and hand her a baby; her first impulse was to sing.
Cliff does have one rather endearing (or aggravating, depending on the day) way of getting stuck on one particular line out of some old country song, belting out the one line, and repeating it every five minutes or so. But he SINGS! Why is it I hardly ever sing "just because"?
So today, riding in the basket behind the Oliver, I sang... mostly "Keep on the Sunny Side", but parts of a few other songs as well. When I sang "Keep on the Sunny Side", I clapped my hands as I sang. The tractors make plenty of noise, so nobody heard it but me. Well, Cliff heard it a couple of times and thought I was hollering at him, but that's all. I'd already told him about my plan to open up and sing, whether in the kitchen or the car or the garden. So he'd turn, look at me, and smile when he realized I was singing.
It actually felt pretty good, singing for nobody. I'm always resolving to do something or other like this and then not following through. I hope I do better with this effort, which only involves myself and doesn't really require any effort on my part; one song a day would suffice. Feel free to join me in this enterprise. If Cliff can do it without even thinking about it, anybody can, although I hope you don't continually sing just one line from your current song-of-the-day.
Sing a song, won't you? It'll make you smile, and smiling always makes a person feel better.