Monday, October 12, 2015
ELMER TELLS ABOUT THEIR NEW BUGGY AND MORE
Someone asked why we don't have rubber tires on our farm equipment? There are a number of reasons. The main one is that we are taught not to live in the "ways of the world". So, today, we retain many of the ways of our forefathers. Notice I said many, but not all.
Here we are back again about we had to hand milk cows when I was a child and now we have automatic milkers. We had out houses, but now, in our group, we have indoor plumbing. It is hard to explain sometimes, reasons why we change some things and don't others.
With the metal wheels and horses pulling the plow, we can only travel so far. Also with horse and buggies, we can only go so far. We can only go so fast. It is to remind us to stay close to our families, homes and churches.
Now again, we are back to the trip that Fannie, Amos, Olive and Albert took out west, but that is a rare trip. Right now they have their reservations with Amtrak to go to Florida, the end of this month. We also have drivers to take us to the doctors, to get groceries, to visit others out of area, etc. So we have changed some in our ways.
In our area, if we take the plows out on the road with the metal tires, we must put rubber straps around them so they don't ruin the highway. This was passed a couple of years ago by the county.
Anna and I just got our new buggy. It came sooner that we thought it would. The man said that he always says it will be longer than it usually is - in case he runs into a problem or family commitments, etc. It is smaller than the one we had. It fits two comfortably, maybe three, depending on how big they are.in the front. Two small grandchildren would fit in the back. The one we had would fit three, in the front and three adults or four adults in the back. We gave out old buggy to John and Sarah. They will need it.
Anna says to remember that I can't put all the junk and tools in the back of this one that I did in the last one. Also, I had better be careful that I just don't throw things back there and damage the interior of the carriage like I did in the old one. This will probably be our last new carriage and she wants to make sure I take care of it.
I asked what about her???? She said she always takes care of the carriage. She took care of the old one and she will the new one. It's me that throws things around and isn't the least bit careful.
We do have another buggy that I use to take when I go on jobs. It is a flat bed and all open. When it gets colder I sometimes took the buggy as it was closed in and warmer. She said I would have to work something out as I am not putting all my work supplies in this new buggy and damaging it up. I guess I got my orders from the boss lady !!!
I think getting a new buggy is like Englshers getting a new car. We want to keep it as new as we can as long as we can. Sometimes we use to let the old buggy sit out all night. Now, the new one has to be the barn every night. I wonder what Anna's going to think the first time it gets snowed on when we use it.
Trust God's Wisdom,