There is nothing quite like the smell after cutting hay, and there is nothing quite like little boys who have done all that cutting! It’s that time of the year and we’ve been busy!
Branson, my eleven year old, has been cutting hay every day for quite a few days now. He knows every song on the radio, has called in to every midday trivia, and has called everyone on his contact list trying to keep himself entertained. He always wants me to come ride with him, and sometimes I do. To be honest I’d rather drive the swather (the hay cutting machine) myself while he rides. Driving is more fun than watching and the driver seat is much more comfy than the buddy seat.
Our swather is old and this year it keeps breaking down. That means Carson, my fifteen year old, is getting really good at fixing it. After making sure the machine was off and it was safe all three of them decided to climb down there and see what was wrong. Maybe three heads are better than one!
This time he had to phone a friend, dad, and get a little advice. With the advice he got a little lecture about hurrying up he got the old beast running again. After that he was off to finish about ten more jobs his dad had planned for him. There is nothing better than busy boys!
There are important things to be learned in school, but there are also important things to be learned during summer jobs. I love seeing a kid who will jump in and try to solve a problem. It helps them understand that they can do hard things. They realize sometimes the only solution is to roll their sleeves up and dive in and do their best. They understand the importance of quickly finishing the hay harvest and they know we need that swather to do it. We are relying on them to fix the problem and they do! It makes kids grow up and become super responsible!
Then there’s this little man! What do I even say about him? He’s got ice cream on his face, grease on his jeans, and the hammer the boys need to fix the swather. This is exactly what summer should look like! You can’t convince me this little boy has a care in the world. And this is exactly why I wish it was summer all year long!