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I Kan Haz Kar Nao?

Miss E will be 13 in less than 2 months. Her latest hand x-ray places her bone age at 10.5 years or so. This is good news. Her bones aren't fused yet. If you know us at all, you know that Miss E's petite size has been a source of concern. And there were so many things other kids can do as they grow that she couldn't do. Like drive the Walkabout Farm John Deere, which requires at least 50lbs of weight in the seat to keep the engine running. So one can't stand up and run it. One has to be able to reach the pedals while seated. And one has to be over 50lbs. Miss E was 50lbs or less for the longest time. It was the most amazing moment for us to watch her today. And the smile on her face, the concentration on her driving, as she did this for the very first time ever. She has undergone a rite of passage, passed through a gate....

Frog Out



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May. 12th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Go Miss E! Looking forward to seeing her (and you, I suppose) in June.
May. 13th, 2012 02:20 am (UTC)
I'd better make plane rez now! And check her riding pants for size! We're busy in the rush to the end of the school year. It's been a year of firsts.
May. 13th, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Poor Miss E! If only her parents had had the foresight to buy an ancient garden tractor without all those new-fangled safety features, her dad could've welded a grab bar onto the front and rigged up a piece of lumber to force the throttle and she could've been mowing since age 5 or 6 at least. . .
May. 13th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
But I like those new-fangled safety features! We're dumb enough to mow on slopes, yes we are. That's a new hood on that 10 year-old tractor! (Which was the first thing her father said to me as she began driving in circles all over the paddock area this morning.)

Some things are worth waiting for. She's driven on my lap in the car since she was about four or five. But this was her first solo on the tractor and "proof" that she's almost grown-up.

Now why would I want to let her do the mowing? It gets me out of doing housework. I've been teaching her to vacuum and clean....
May. 13th, 2012 01:29 am (UTC)
Congrats to her! I never knew that about tractors - er, whatever that is.
May. 13th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
It's a spring in the seat that's a safety feature in case the tractor tips over on a slope or something. The engine cuts off. It takes getting used to, but it's a good feature. We could have disabled it or modified it, but it seemed to us more of a "are you tall enough for this ride?" kind of thing. When she was, she was. But we didn't quite expect her to stop growing, so it took a lot longer than originally planned. (I'm hoping the next trip to Disney she will be as tall as any of the posts require her to be.)

"Yes, honey, it's FUN to haul clippings to the brush pile!" (just like it's fun to run the vacuum and clean windows.)
May. 13th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
My mother convinced me (mostly) about the hauling clippings to the brush pile/manure to the much pile/anything work on the farm related. Vaccuuming, windows and related household tasks failed to ever gain the "fun" moniker, despite her concerted efforts ;). (I'll be 40 next month and she still shakes her head ;).
May. 13th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
It's clearly a parenting thing. But still, that song from Mary Poppins really is true. If you can make it fun, it goes faster. Making housework fun has mostly eluded me.
May. 13th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!!! Congratulations all around!
May. 13th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
doesn't it look fun? If you have 10 acres, there's going to be some tractor involved! She feels very grown up now.
May. 14th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC)
I meant to add...see? here's Above's "typical" reader. Someone who can face adventure in a relatively safe environment. She's not fearless, far from it. But she's reaching for her future with both hands. :D
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