Friday, June 22, 2012

A Remarkable Man!


Toil and pleasure, in their opposites,
are linked together
in a kind of necessary connection.
      Livy

I turn the wheel of the truck to the right; I pull off on to the shoulder of this gravel road. I see a tractor pulling a load of freshly baled round bales of hay. I recognize that smiling face.

Mr. MC shifts the gears of the tractor down and pushes in the clutch, he stops, we both say hello at the same time and laugh. He sees the baler twine I had just picked up in the back of my pick up. “Where did you get the cheap baler twine?” We both laugh as we both know that is not the case this year, it is very expensive. We discuss the price of diesel fuel, and the quantity and quality of this year’s hay crop. We both agree the quality is good but the quantity is down. There will have to be some hard decisions made about how many head of cattle to keep over the winter.

I tell him I better get going, it looks like rain and there is hay to bale. We bid each other goodbye, and good luck with the haying, we will see each other again I am sure. He shifts back into gear and slowly drives down the road. I watch him maneuverer that tractor and wagon around the corner through my rear view mirror and smile.

Now Mr.MC is a farmer who I admire very much, he always has a big smile and a funny story to share. I have been meeting him at the sales barn, and unexpected moments like this for many, many years, No matter what is going on in the world or in his life he is always smiling. We have always had a good laugh and he has always shown respect to this farmwoman at a time where it used to be like an “Old Boys Club”, things have changed greatly since that time. He has always been the perfect gentleman.

Mr. MC is in his nineties and still going strong. His mind is as sharp as his quick wit. He does not know he is older and you would never know it to look at him. He has a very supportive wife and family and works hard. He never ceases to amaze me.

I hope to be as happy and enjoy my life as much as Mr. MC. when I grow up. He seems to know the secret.

Later


19 comments:

  1. Oh I love this story. Reminds me of my neighbor Jean. She passed at 92. She was always so happy and positive. I hope I'm a happy old person

    Cindy Bee

    ReplyDelete
  2. What a lovely story, thanks for sharing.

    I've known a few folk of this generation and have yet to regret time spent with them.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Mr. MC sounds like a wonderful man!! We knew a man like that too...unfortunately he passed away two years ago at much too young of an age...we miss his laughter and wisdom and encouragement.

    ReplyDelete
  4. You are already that happy,special person. Remember our pact, we aren't going to grow up, it is way too scary lol.
    Love you, BA

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for sharing that. Reminds me of our neighbor, who was not that age, but passed a couple of years ago.

    ReplyDelete
  6. oh, what a remarkable soul! i love this man whom i've never met!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I just love old people like Mr. MC. I have a friend in Sweden like that. I also agree with the pleasure of work and chores. I'm by no means a rancher, but I so love what I have come to call my Morning Chores around here.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm old and looking forward to getting older, hopefully! You will be a lovely old lady one day I'm sure of that, because you are lovely already, and I don't think you'll grow out of it!
    Hey Buttons, I think you just inspired my next blog post!

    ReplyDelete
  9. You write so beautifully. I can see you two in my mind.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Loved reading your story. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  11. What a wonderful man -- someone we should all emulate. :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. He sounds like a lovely man. Great he smiles as so many people no matter what age don't! A smile does wonders sometimes....take care my dear friend....M xoxoxox

    ReplyDelete
  13. nice story...
    remarkable, yeah!

    i used to work in a nursing home...and loved to sit and talk and listen to the tales...of those who had already lived YEARS longer than i had...

    their secret? being happy i think. with themselves...and life. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. still farming in his nineties?! God bless him.

    i do hope you never grow up, b.

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a wonderful tribute. He sounds like a grand man. It is always great to hear positive stories and you tell them so well. Thank you. Nex time you see Mr. MC let him know South Dakota says hello.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Amazing story. I wonder about all the things he must have seen is his life and the wisdom he must have to pass along.

    ReplyDelete
  17. It is a delight when you meet older people living life to the full! A lovely positive post!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Beautifully written. I feel a connection with Mr MC too

    ReplyDelete
  19. It's such a joy to know someone who is growing old gracefully. It's definitely something to aspire to.

    ReplyDelete

The mind grows by what it feeds on. J.G. Holland

Thank you so much for your comments, they mean more to me then I could ever express. Hug B

Please do not copy my work. If you like it let me know I am sure we can work something out. Copyright is in place.