Tuesday, June 18, 2013

That's My Truck, Yesterday and Today!

 It was many years ago...1990's
Cropping has always been one of my favorite parts of farming.
'This was my truck'....it was a five ton, automatic transmission, with a cat diesel.
Anyone who has driven truck will really appreciate the automatic transmission.

A hydraulic lift wagon dumped the silage or corn into the truck.
Backing the truck to the dump wagon was the challenge..
I needed to learn how to use mirrors. 
But before long I became quick, efficient, and knew exactly how many minutes,
I needed in order to make a round trip to the bunker and back.

John always drove the 5600 JD.
He loved it...that was his 'baby'
If it was not purring he was not happy.
In the winter months he spent hours repairing, painting and maintaining his JD.
Then in 1993, we sold the dairy and purchased a broiler farm.

This past week, I saw 'my truck'.
I needed to experience a deja'vous  moment.
I drove up to the yard...

 There it was...flying down the dusty fields at full tilt.
This driver was on a mission.
I remember those dusty days and  inhaled every moment of freedom.
I looked forward to cropping. It was my way of getting out of the kitchen.
I always hired someone to look after the children and prepare meals for the workers.
An 18 hour day, driving truck gave me a feeling of accomplishment.
Here it was, years later, that the Goertzen family purchased this truck
and  brought it back to life again.
 I stepped up to the truck and said to the driver,
"That's my Truck!"

Laurie looked at me and said, "Jump in."
I jumped into 'my truck' and away we sped.
She needed to meet the demands of the harvestor operator.
The field was drying too quickly and I felt the tension in the air.

She knew how to thrust that thing in to reverse and she backed it up into the bunker,
the same way I would of.

In less than five minutes the truck was unloaded and away we went.
We both shared moments that day of understanding farm life.
We both understood the role of a farmer's wife.

 Back to the field.
The operator was waiting.
"Move it, Laurie"

The wagon unloaded and the dust and silage flew all over.
We quickly closed the windows...but on second thought,
we opened them again and inhaled the fresh country smells.

Back in the open fields, where the grass lay swathed, the next load was cut.

 The  harvest operator was her husband, Vic.
Vic and Laurie have been good farming friends for many years.
We understand farming.

Meanwhile I saw her daughter in law, Mary on her quad,
making a quick check with her husband Brian about evening chores.
Mary knew her next job, and she knew how to scrape those barns clean.
A smile goes a long way Mary and it's contagious.

Thank you Laurie...for a wonderful experience after 20 years.
She challenged me to drive a load.
I declined politely.

But remember one thing, Laurie...

That's still my Truck!


  1. I'm glad you got to spend some time with your truck! We didn't have your fancy equipment, but I spent a lot of summers driving an old hay truck with a bale loader. It was a hot, tiring job. My mother's job was to have a hot meal every day for all the "helpers". Farmers are definitely hard workers.

  2. I love that story Marg!! This would make a wonderful children's story and picture book - "That's My Truck"!! You've got some great pictures. I especially love the last one.

  3. Well Marg...I know the dairy farmers are always on the look-out for extra drivers come harvest time. I'll put your name out there. :) I'll cook lunch...and you can drive!

    How nice to know that 'your truck' is in good hands.

  4. Fun post about your truck Marg! Judy might be onto something since you'll have so much spare time now that the book is published!

  5. 'Your truck' looks to be in fine shape Marg! Happy to hear you could go along for the ride..oh and the fresh smell of the fields! Love that!
    One more thing..never yet have heard a JD purr:)

  6. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    Great blog, Marg! I'm so glad that your truck is now "mine" and I could share this day with you. You captured our harvesting day so well with your comments and pictures. Thanks!!

  7. AnonymousJune 18, 2013

    What a great post.....we farm the hills of southwest Virginia, very different from your BC place, but farming is farming and it is a great, but difficult life. I am glad you got to take a ride in "your" truck.

  8. Emmy MartensJune 18, 2013

    I loved your enthusiasm in Manitoba. Making sure I toured 5 ladies in my 1/2 ton checking out our land, seeded straight GPS lines before the rains & circles later. Not often you see ladies doing this out our way.
    You hosted mosquitoes to take photos of the Seed Hawk air drill behind a zero-till cultivator and an anhydrous tank following it, after hearing John talk of different farming methods. I'm sure Sheryl didn't always appreciate being your photographer with the humming mosquitoes as you compared the heights of tires & checking the interior of equipment. Sure could tell we were cousins and had farm blood in us. We had my sister Mic and 87 year old mom-your Aunt Martha- cheer the BC ladies on!!
    The best was while visiting our son & daughter-in-law and how a real farm dog[pure bread Italian Mastiff] made you speechless and almost lose bladder control when she barked! Thank you for coming over the mountains and getting such a good chauffer, and spending time on the farm sharing recipes & friends with you at "The SawMill"
    I just served your "Hazelnut roll" to my daughter and family in Seattle.

    1. Emmy, we had so much fun...you definitely formulated your thoughts very well about my adventure in Boissevain. We had so much fun.

  9. Marg, your zest for life and the outdoors make you a great farm girl . . .
    not just a mennonite girl that can cook.

  10. I don't know why, Marg.. but your post put tears in my eyes !
    Maybe your emotion came through your words !
    Well done! Happy memories !

    1. Thanks Julie...you really felt my heart and passion.

  11. What a cool post. Most people don't know this about me, but one of my dreams has always been to drive a big piece of equipment. I don't care what it is, I would just love to operate it for a few minutes!

  12. When I knew you as a secretary I never would have dreamed that you had a double life as a feisty farm wife! Very cool.


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