When Daddy’s Gone
However when Mom and Daddy had to leave on a business trip and left us in charge of things at home we hurried with all our work so we could have the rest of the day to do what ever we wanted to. At noon John and David decided they would take the wagon and take it up the road a little ways to the top of the hill and coast down down the road. Since it was down hill for the next three miles the decision was made that one of them would ride on the wagon and the other one would take the tractor and drive behind him. That way when they reached the bottom of the hill they wouldn’t have to pull the wagon home for several miles.
David got to have the first ride with John driving the tractor behind him. The wagon started picking up speed fast and before long John couldn’t even keep up with the tractor. As David kept going faster and faster he realized there was no way he could slow down and there was a car in front of him that he was catching up with. Not wanting to pass it he took his only other option and turned off the road into a field where he was finally able to come to a stop. He sat on the wagon and waited till John came. After tying the wagon to the back of the tractor they headed home.
Needless to say everyone found something much more productive to do with the rest of day.
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Mary Ann Kinsinger was raised Old Order Amish in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She met and married her husband, whom she knew from school days and started a family. After they chose to leave the Amish church, Mary Ann began a blog, A Joyful Chaos, as a way to capture her warm memories of her childhood for her own children. From the start, this blog found a ready audience and even captured the attention of key media players, such as the influential blog AmishAmerica and the New York Times. She lives in Pennsylvania.