Only in the Country

So a couple of weeks ago, on a Saturday, we were sitting in the dining room eating our lunch. Chris was reading the paper. He looked up and said semi-mockingly, “Oh no, we’re going to miss the Dover Cruise this weekend.” we were heading out to the beach in a couple of hours.

“What’s that?” “I don’t know.” he did know but didn’t feel like getting into it further. That’s kind of an annoying thing to do, isn’t it? Anyway….

A moment later we heard a strange put-put-putting coming from outside.

We peeked out the window and saw a tractor. Then another. It was the Dover Cruise!

Around here, almost any tractor passing is reason enough to run out waving like a crazy person. For Kennedy, not me. Usually. Not that there’s any shortage of tractors passing by all day, everyday. Kennedy just really likes them.

But these were vintage tractors. Hundreds of them. On parade. Thought the middle of nowhere.

So out we all ran to the front lawn. Out the front door we never use, even.

And it was the highlight of the day. For all of us.

Only in the country.


  1. says

    Love it! We all sat around on our porch eating dinner outside tolerating the dogs and cat begging for scraps just to watch the guy baling our hay field. :)

  2. says

    oh, yeah ! I’m in the country, so I’d be in the front row ! I know people who collect old tractors, and I live in a farming community, so these guys are TOPS ! Thanks for sharing your experience. COOL !

  3. Anonymous says

    Thank you. I found your blog a few days ago and ending up reading every single post. We are trying to sell our house to move back to the country; to the small town my husband is from. Sound familiar? We dream of sustainable living. Simpler, healthier lives.
    Just lately the selling process has been very trying. A lot of showings and no offers. It was easy to feel discouraged.
    But then I read your post, and was reminded that it will all be worth it!

  4. says

    I love this! My parents were raised on farms and a lot of their relatives still live in the country. If I had my druthers, I’d be there, too! (Maybe one day!) I’m going to grab another cup of coffee and keep reading! :)

  5. says

    Oh man! I love that. I want tractors to come by so I can wave, but in our neighborhood they’d have to be pretty lost to do so. Thanks for sharing your country moment. Nice for those of us no where near the country to get a feel for what goes on out there.

  6. says

    Oh my goodness!!! I would have totally LOVED it!!!
    I grew up in Wisco and didn’t move out to the boonies until I was a little older and now I live at the beach so I would have LOVED loved looooooved to have seen these! What a special little treat for you!

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