For All Farmers

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Immortalized in Stone.”

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If I was to have a statue created to comemorate an event from the past year, it would be one of me on a tractor. Last fall I went out to the fields a few different times and I even got to do some of the driving. Picture a 38-year old man grinning from ear to ear in the driver’s seat of a tractor. Or, possibly I would use some of the video or photos taken of me harvesting sunflowers yesterday.

Now, I know what you are probably thinking, “Why would he put himself in a statue? Isn’t that nacisistic?” Well, yes, if this statue was to only comemorate my success and overcoming adversities to make dreams come true, sure it is. But, that wouldn’t be the purpose of this statue.

I would like to see this statue erected as a beakon to all disabled people that they can’t let their disability stop them. I have climbed on farm machinery without the use of my legs, what’s your excuse?

I would like this statue to show that the words ‘I Can’t’ need to be demolished from any public use!! IMG_0182IMG_0184 IMG_0185

These are just some of the machines I have had the honor of driving in my experiences. I have also driven John Deere tractors and as of yesterday Massey Ferguson. So, if one day you see a statue erected with me driving a tractor, or if you just read this post, I want you to forever more purge, expunge, demolish this use of the phrase ‘I Can’t!’ Because I have proven time and again, “OH YES YOU CAN AND YOU WILL!!!!” All you have to do is have a little faith.

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