Recently across the Midwest there were massive storms with very high winds. While we escaped with little damage, my folks were not so lucky. One of their giant pine trees came down, roots and all, during the storm. Now my parents aren’t OLD but they are getting older and this was a big issue to have to handle. So instead of them calling their insurance and paying a big deductible, our family offered to come down and help clean up the mess because that is what family does.
When I was a kid, I HATED when we would cut wood for winter. I mean I would lie and tell my parents I had to poop so I could hide in the bathroom and not help. I look back and I know they knew what I was up to. I felt bad about not pulling my weight back then and was determined to show them I had grown up. When we arrived we quickly set to work and I did not use the bathroom till break time! LOL
My hubby and father cut the branches and loaded them in the wagon. We had two tractors and wagons and we put the oldest country kid in charge of driving the loads. He did an amazing job for only being 7!!! He would drive a load back to me in the woods while the “men folk” loaded the other wagon. When I had finished unloading, the oldest country kid would drive it back, hop on the tractor that was now full and bring it back to me. Did I mention that the oldest country kid REALLY loves to drive the tractor?
Some time later my uncle showed up with his chainsaw to lend a hand because that’s what family does. We managed to pick up the pace even more and what would have been a long day, ended earlier, leaving more time to relax and visit.
I was hoping my oldest son would learn a few thing that day…. like hard work and helping family because that is was family does. But I too learned a few things that day….. my oldest son can be a very hard worker when he puts his mind to it. I don’t mind cutting wood so much any more. Older men tend to over do it trying to prove they can still do it and end up sore the next day. My son can’t back up a trailer and well, I wasn’t that much better at it then he was!!! And most of all, it feels really good to grow up and become the woman your folks hoped you might be one day….. well, at least I think I am getting closer!