Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Everybody Should Have an Unco Mat

When we were growing up we lived a couple of blocks from my dad's family farm and would go to play or work there whenever we were allowed. The original homestead has been sold now and will probably be torn down later this year. Butch and I and the oldest 3 got to live there for a summer before this house was built and I was so grateful for the opportunity to connect with my roots and let the children experience "living on a farm" (no more animals and only storage for tractors etc.). We did a lot of exploring that summer and it was so nice to talk to people about living there and being in the center of town. Someone suggested the other day that the old farm house should be used for the St. Michael Historical Society or turned into a museum. I think I will go to the next Hist. Society meeting and see what anybody thinks. Anyway...
Niklaus is CRAZY about tractors! He rides with Daddy and Papa every chance he gets and holy smokes if you forget to offer him a ride when you start up the machine and start mowing the lawn without him! Papa will occasionally hook up the little utility wagon and haul grandkids around. He likes to go on the paved path through the woods next to their house...the one marked "No Motorized Vehicles". Dad never was one to believe the rules actually apply to him. Besides, the current path covers the old which was a cow path formed by the cattle from the old farm...so I guess he thinks that he has some sort of "grandfathered right" (pun intended!) to use it with his John Deere.

When my sis married Mathew and they settled out at Mat's house in the country I couldn't wait for my Matthew and all of our children to live the "country life" and spend a lot of time out there. Mat lives next to HIS family farm where his mom still lives and they keep cows! Hubs and kids love to help Uncle Mat "farm" and do duties around their 5 acre place. It really is sweet to see Matty and Niklaus "helping" and "doin' guy stuff" with daddy and Uncle Mat. This winter Niklaus got a ride on the "good tractor" with Uncle Mat while he plowed his driveway of snow. One of Niklaus' favorite books is an informational book called "Tractors". There are actual pictures of tractors and farm utility vehicles and little tidbits of information on the edges of the pages. I was reading it to him for the umpteenth time the other day and he pointed suddenly and said, "Hey, it's Unco Mat!" I looked at which pic he was pointing to and saw this: