The Tractor

Jed’s father’s tractor sat in the field. It was an old tractor his dad often had to work on but somehow kept it going. When he had a particularly hard time repairing the tractor, he’d say to Jed, “That’s the way with tractors.”

Jed asked him once, “Why don’t you get a new tractor?”

“What, and turn this fellow out to rust? He’s got a lot more miles in him.”

Jed looked at the tractor. What was he going to do with it? He walked up to the beast and crawled up into its seat. He checked the gas gauge. It had a quarter of a tank. He put the key into the ignition and said to the tractor, “Now don’t give me a hard time.”

Jed turned the ignition. The tractor didn’t start. He tried a second time. Still no start. Just a grrrrrr. The grrrrr seemed to say, “Say please.”

Jed gently, patiently, said, “Please.” It was a serious please.

“Grrrrrrrr,” went the tractor. Then it’s engine kicked off with what Jed thought was a “Thank you for asking.”

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