Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM.

It was birthday card with a cartoon of an older fellow working on a beat up old truck.  The truck was obviously falling apart.  The words on the front said, “As we get older, we’re a lot like vintage cars…”

When I opened it, I read the punch line printed in the card.  It said something about maintenance costs getting higher and parts being harder to find.

What did Mama write on the card?

The first time I read it, I was disappointed.  No “I love you,” no advice on life and no heaping praise telling me how wonderful I was.

Then I read it again. My eyes filled up and my nose dripped.

It was exactly what I needed.  The most beautiful word from the most wonderful woman who spent her life telling me and my brothers how great we were and how we could do anything we wanted to do.

She had written only one word.  The first two letters were printed; the second two letters were in cursive.

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