Mr. Q’s Favorite Tractor

My great-uncle, the man Mr. Q is named for, taught my Dad how to run the caterpillar bulldozer. Today Dad gave Mr. Q a ride on that same bulldozer. I guess it made me a bit nostalgic, but it was almost like seeing my great-uncle on the tractor again.

Like any true farm boy, Mr. Q has a great love for and interest in tractors. I’m sure that in just a few short years he’ll be driving one of them all around the farm. I’ll admit that I’ll be nervous about it, (What can I say? I AM his mother!) but I’ll encourage it nonetheless. I’ll be looking into getting him his own set of noise canceling headphones though. He’s very sensitive to the noise created by machinery. Once we figured this out and stuck an oversized headset on him, he was more than happy to hop up on any of the tractors with Grandpa!

Many things on the “farm” hold generations of stories. The tractors are no exception. The bulldozer was originally bought to be used in the woods business that the Welch brothers owned and operated. It’s also done a fair share of work right here, from foundations to septic systems. The stories that tractor could tell…

Right now, Mr. Q appreciates it simply because it’s a tractor. But, maybe when he’s a bit older, he’ll come to appreciate the history attached to it. Until then, it still makes me smile to see a Mr. Q on that tractor again.

2 Replies to “Mr. Q’s Favorite Tractor”

  1. You bring tears to your Dad’s eyes! I hope that my grandchildren will appreciate those three tractors not only for the antique machines they are, but also for the family history! I often think about the good times with my Dad’s family often centered around those very machines. Family objects are important. As long as we have those objects we have a piece of those who have gone on still with us. Those objects seem to bring those wonderful memories to the front.

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