Pay it Forward

My 47 H almost sat out this year’s tractor drive. I honestly wasn’t sure how I was going to promote the drive through video and still photography from the seat of an antique tractor. I’ve already lost a smart phone attempting to take pictures and drive at the same time. My equipment is expensive and I’m kind of a klutz.

My friend Wayne Ladage was attending the event, with his two brothers Keith and Kim. Wayne’s sister-in-law Cindy was also along but she was doing “press coverage” Cindy was my special guest in the “press coverage truck” I admit to being a nosy reporter and simple math didn’t add up. 3 gentlemen and 2 tractors. I soon found out my calculations were off by one more driver. Keith had hauled so another fellow could drive, but that’s another story reported by a professional that I admire.

Wayne had hauled a John Deere B for Kim. I asked Wayne what he intended to do while everyone was off having fun. In typical gentle Wayne fashion he just shrugged. At this point, I informed him my H didn’t have a driver and I’d be highly honored if he’d take the journey and give the old girl some exercise.

After a couple of unlikely excuses and prodding from his brothers, Wayne decided he would just as well do that. Keith told me a little later it was good to get Wayne to go. Even though he has been collecting tractors for a long time, this was the first drive he’d actually drove a tractor in.

Wayne Ladage drives through Franklin

That made having Wayne drive my H that much better! Paid forward with a excellent return. I hope everyone had a great time on July 4th, 2020. This has been a strange year and we need more fond memories.

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