That takes me back! Over here in the U K we were just the same - but usually on a grey Fergie. We were driving on the land for about ten years before we were old enough to go out on the road. Both these tractors were so user friendly they gave us valuable experience where we could do no harm.
I bet a lot of us left the land in our teens to follow our careers but have come back in later years as collectors and restorers. Long may it continue.
Thinking of all of you over there on the East Coast at the moment