My Sunday afternoon date I have known since knee high to a grasshopper.
She's good with kids. The divine Miss M.
She's a worker, has all the "attachments" and knows how to use them.
Likes the outdoors, not race horse sleek and beautiful but industrious.
You can work with this gal and the lady rarely complains, whines.
Might gasp, cough, wheeze, whirl or stall but usually my own fault. I'll admit my mistakes in the relationship. But a minor adjustment brings her back to life, back on task. This is the "cougar" I am some kind of fond of, spend time with on a Maine farm. Born in 1953, older than me but that age difference does not seem to interfere with our relationship. She has been a back bone partner to farm chores, operations with planting, cultivating, hoeing, harvesting crops. Even plowing snow with chains on and sporting a winter wind break "jacket". Or pulling a rock picking cart. Not a parade piece, she is a working lady who seldom leaves sight of the farm. She was brought home shiny red new, even ran on LP gas for a spell in the 1970's but converted back to factory settings she was born with.
A real home body, home spun and simple built beauty like the girl next door. What what did you think I was blogging about from the headline?
This Aroostook County farm gal is not high maintenance. Will run all day long on five gallons of gas.
Has taken me all over back forty acre fields, up and over hill and dale over the years. And now my boys jump on her seat, pull back the throttle and go back and forth, up and down rows with the "M" as the divine miss on the Maine farm. This past weekend's "date" to bush hog around the farm buildings of the place I grew up in with my three older brothers.
I enjoy the "farm dates" with "Super M", the Maine deer leaping across a field, bald eagles and hawks over head that dive bomb for lunch on the little field mice who scurry when the mower passes overhead.
Being on a Maine farm is a spiritual, humbling, sobering experience. As the sunsets complete another day, I think of earlier family generations that did the same "dating", courting and sparking on the farm with iron ladies. Another day of hard work put under their belt and get up, do it again tomorrow weather permitting. Ever spent time on a International Super M Farmall tractor? Or a John Deere, other brand? Maine, once she gets in to your system, there is no turning back. Get here quick as you can. Own some, enjoy some.