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What Id give for just a day

I grew up on a farm in east central North Dakota in the 60's and 70's. Around the age of 9 Dad started my Brother and I out cultivating on a MM U and a IH 650. The U pulled 16' of JD CC cultivator while the 650 easily handled 18' The 650 was the favorite because of the power steering and the extra power but most important was the fender mounted radio.P All those hot dusty 1 mile rounds seemed endless. They were measured in time by watching the far fence row every so slowly become closer and closer with each passing round. Then scaring up a huge jack rabbit! or watching the hawks dive on field mice! or watching sea gulls getting the worms and bugs turned up by the cultivator or a startled nesting duck! We always stopped and marked her nest then carefully circled around because we needed ducks! Fall Duck hunting was a huge thing to a farm kid back then! Playing chicken with my brother on the last round when we'd be coming at each other! Who'd turn out first? What luck we never hooked cultivators! In the Spring when the ground was soft to never ever get stuck cuz then DAD would have to come! DREADFUL! lolPSeeing Mom or one of our sisters driving the 59 Chevy station wagon or the 64 Ford Country Sedan BRINGING lunch! What joy! In 1970 Dad bought a MM 707 and we were KINGS! What a monster tractor! She easily pulled 24 feet of spring shank cultivator or the 6 16' IH plow. She never failed to make me so proud to be seen by all the kids on the passing school bus. One day though I had to come in from the 104 degree heat!! The water jug couldn't save me! Finally in 1974 Dad brought home a teenage boy's vision of field work done quickly and in comfort! A 1256 IH Turbo w/duals, a radio and an AC Cab!PNow after 40 some years have passed what I'd give for just for a day on one of Dad's tractors back in North Dakota and spotting Mom in the distance coming with lunch!

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