When I took Jake out to a farm this fall (you may have seen this post with the big tires!), he couldn’t wait to get a tractor started and moving. But wait he did.
Our new friend Fred wanted to treat Jake like he would a grown up in the same situation. He took time to walk through all the controls in the cab, explaining what they did before Jake got a feel for the driver’s seat. Jake was grinning getting in the tractor, by the time he touched controls, he was busting with excitement. But that was still just the promise…. Fred told Jake he needed to learn how to handle the tractor first. That meant insuring the visibility was at its maximum potential (ie, washing the windshield), helping get the gas pumped and (my personal favorite) climbing high up on a tire to check the oil. Yep, Jake had to work for the opportunity to get a tractor moving and his mom and I were thrilled with the experience he was getting!
After doing several of the chores, and making sure Jake understood how things worked, Fred thought the two of them were ready for a ride with the grain cart. Jake ran full speed to the next tractor at the very thought. The engine revved and they began reviewing controls & moving. And then a moment Jake couldn’t have dreamed would happen…. Fred let him take the wheel! And the memories will last FOREVER!
Thanks Frank and Fred for such incredible hospitality on our day…. and for the rest of you, there are more photos and tales of Jake’s adventure to come!