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Unexpected Joys

Sweetwater, OK — There are times when I feel like my life consists of the same ol’ hum drum each day. Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do. I believe I am where I am suppose to be and doing what I’m supposed to do. But life can get you down in its weird little habits it creates. Especially when you are exhausted and ready for a break. The fourth day into cutting at Sweetwater an unexpected joy hopped into my cab. “HI! My name is Reed Thomas Tucker! I’m five years old and I love combines. What’s your name?”. In a matter of seconds a smile came upon my face and my heart melted. The next two hours were the best I had all week, and I didn’t even have to say a word. Simple, unexpected joy. God is amazing. He knows just what I need and when I need it. Thank you for little joys such as these and thank you for giving me the eyes to behold it, Lord!

Our conversation consisted of farming. What he liked, disliked. What his family did for a living. A farm accident someone close to his family had to endure. How his dad is a firefighter and that he might want to do that someday, but he also wanted to farm. What he wanted for Christmas! His toy farm he had at home and how the farm operated. How he has books on spiders and snakes and the he and his brother killed a black widow once with a hatchet. Haha! This little boy was a hoot and a blessing to have in my cab. Oh, to have the eyes of a child! No wonder God tells us to be like children. They find the simple joys! They’re not afraid of anything, anybody, to tell you what they think, and are just plain happy! I hope that God will grant me these qualities.

My 7 year old nephew, Leslie, was also in the field that day and rode a couple rounds getting acquainted with his new friend. Reed’s brother, Mason, also joined the fun, riding a round or two in the other combine. Soon the fun was over and it was time to go home. Sunset had come and supper hadn’t been eaten yet. Thanks for the visit, Reed Thomas Tucker! It surely was a pleasure and a great blessing.

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(L to R) Reed, Leslie and Liz

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Reed and Leslie became greats buddies!

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Leslie on the top of the ladder, Reed on the bottom, and Mason on the ground.

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Dan talking to our farmer Mr. Sites, and Reed and Mason’s dad, Mr. Tucker!

Be safe and God bless!

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  • Dorothy
    Posted at 08:37h, 19 July

    Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow🎶

    • Emma Misener
      Posted at 15:06h, 06 August


  • Charles Durham
    Posted at 09:09h, 19 July

    You are so right about children I loved my children but my “grandchildren” are IT.!!!!!!!! I enjoy your stories very year. Be Safe on your way.

    • Emma Misener
      Posted at 15:05h, 06 August

      Thanks Charles!

  • Ashley Demich
    Posted at 07:42h, 03 August

    Climb aboard each summer as High Plains Journal follows several custom cutting crews as they harvest their way across the Plains. See the wheat harvest through the eyes of our correspondents.