I was home this morning with my son while my wife worked and my daughter went to school. He had a good time playing, and I played with him for a while, but then I suggested we head and ride on the tractor. He loved that idea. He did not want to wear the ear protection at first but then wanted to make sure he had it on while I cranked it up.
He sat on my lap while we drove to the end of the driveway and tried to smooth out some of the holes. The town put in a new culvert last spring and we have gotten these big pools there when the weather is wet. We have a few other dents but the ones at the end are the biggest. I did a fair job of scooping and dragging and lifting and dumping but I am afraid it is just too muddy. It will need more attention and, really, some gravel.
At the other end of the driveway we have a gravel imbalance. The snowplow pushes all the gravel to one end. It sits on top of the snow piles until it melts, when it gathers in piles. So the broad area where cars park and turn around has deep gravel on one side and bare dirt on the other. I smoothed that out a bit today. I couldn’t get to all of it without a lot more time and some care, but it is better. Until next spring.
My little guy had a blast. He didn’t mind the “ear foams, I mean ear phones” as he calls them a bit. Once we finished he went to play in the garden while I made lunch and we waited for his mother to come home. We had some quality outside time. He came in for lunch pretty much filthy, and wearing a huge grin. He did the work of being a little boy quite well this morning.
Messing around with the tractor, I did my best to set a good example for him. I think I did all right.