I’m not sure what it is with men and machinery. This past week we had all of 5 pieces of heavy machinery at work clearing brush and ponds at any given moment. The men were loving it… the boys were loving it…
…and yet I was on pins and needles.
If the men weren’t operating the machines, they were standing around, watching the horsepower in action. Discussing the load each piece of equipment could withstand as the landscape was being reconstructed… all the while planning, visualizing and admiring their accomplishments. To say they were content with their duties for the week is an understatement. They were like fleas in a dog house.
The boys, of course, were in awe.
They were nearly speechless, understandably amazed and completely ecstatic at the unanticipated, massive size of the dirt mounds currently at their disposal.
The dirt was definitely abundant.
The earth was being pushed and sculpted as ponds were being stretched. Trees were falling every which way and sometimes vanishing before our eyes as fence rows were cleared. I lost count of how many times I counted my kids before resolving to hog tie them and transport them to the house.
I didn’t really hog tie them.
I bribed them.
For the first time in my life, I found comfort in Spongebobs’ voice on the TV while I prepared an angel food cake. That is until the power went out on my 1970’s mixer. At first I thought the mixer had finally bit the dust and I had an excuse to buy a new one. But then the kids filed into the kitchen complaining that the flat screen was no longer working. Once I realized there was no power to the remainder of the house, I feared one of the equipment operator’s had a collision with an electric line. I immediately dialed my husband to check his pulse. He directed me to take a Xanax, check the breaker and call the electric department.
They informed me that one of the lineman had accidentally clipped the line with his machinery, but that we should be back in business in no time.
(Just for the record… I don’t take Xanax. But my nerves may need to consider it in the future.)