Friday, June 26, 2009

Driving Lawn Mower

Art's dad fixed Perkins riding lawn mower. Amber and Art decided to take it out for a test drive. I refused to drive it. I haven't driven a lawn mower since Uncle Rueben almost ran me over with his truck while I was driving Grandma Fischer driving lawn mower. (see story below)

When Billy and I were about 8 & 10 we went off to get the mail. Billy wouldn't let me drive the 4 wheeler, so I decided to take the driving lawn mower. He said I could ride behind him....but OH NO either I drive or forget it. Off to the highway we went (about 1/2 mile) to get the mail for mom. On our way up the hill to the mail box we both decided to go on the opposite side of the hill. I think it was more like Billy wouldn't follow behind me so I went to the other side. Can you see a pattern here? I have issues with being in charge. What can I say I am the oldest and I am a born leader. =) Well off we are driving up the hill and what do you know...Uncle Rueben comes flying down the road in his red dump truck. He comes over the hill and there is a kid on each side of the road driving. He was screaming and yelling. Billy and I kept driving away. I think our eyes got real big and then we started laughing.
Well once Rueben got home he called my mom up yelling. What kind of home schooler are you that you don't teach your kids what side of the road to drive on. My mom was completely confused. She didn't know we had went off to get the mail or where we probably were at this point. We lived on a farm and ran all over during the day. My parents had company over, so mom was trying to get the story and off the phone. My mom told him she would talk to us.
When we got back to the house my mom asked us what happened. Mom said that we needed to drive on the correct side of the road when we go over hills. Later that week my cousin Gina came to spend the night with Grandma. We tell Gina what happens and she gets a great idea. (Gina always had a lot of great ideas) Let's put up a 25 MPH sign (this sign was in the shop that grandpa got at an auction) and a little pamplet. The little pamplet said something about a crazy driver that almost killed 2 small children. We took our sign and pamplets up to the road and tied it to the tree. I wish I had one of these pamplets today =)
Well here is another issue....the tree we tied our sign too was on Uncle Ruebens son Leeroy side of the road. Well Leeroy calls my mom all upset. Do you know what your kids have done??? He tells her about the sign we put up with the pamplets. He read the whole story to my mom. Well now my mom just cracks up laughing hysterically. Leeroy gets even madder. He said that sign has to come down right now!
My mom calls grandmas house looking for us and tells her what happened. Grandma now gets upset. She comes to find us and says come on we have to move the sign...this time we are moving the sign and pamplets to OUR side of the road. Grandma was so mad that Rueben and Leeroy got so upset over something kids did. Grandma said that kids should be able to post whatever they want and have some fun.
I passed on driving Perkins lawn mower, so that Rueben doesn't come trying to drive over me again. = )


lacey said...