Monday, July 30, 2007

Everybody Needs a Rooster





He has always been my ROOSTER. I don't know how we got started calling him that but I believe it was POPPI, his great grandfather and my daddy who started it almost 11 years ago. Yes, I am sure it was. We all had nicknames or pet names from my daddy. I had a list of nicknames myself from him. My kids all had nicknames too......Hezzy, Baby Aawee, and Duckie. So, that mystery is solved. And the name Rooster stuck......


Camp Neena, I promise, does abide by all child labor laws. Any work you see being imposed here is strictly begged for by the child. He has always loved this lawn mower. When he couldn't even sit up he would sit in my lap and be content to ride around on the mower with me. Then, being the "key crazy" kid he used to be, he would toddle out and just stick the key in the ignition and sit there for hours. Then, one day, he stretched his legs as far as he could and he could almost reach the pedal. So, he would steer and I'd push the pedal. Seems like yesterday. Those old long legs have reached the pedal for a couple of years now and it's his favorite thing to do. Ride in circles around the place. For hours. He runs out of gas and then fills it back up and goes again. Is he easy to entertain or what? In the spring we bought the little wagon "gadget" to hook up and haul the million of sticks to the "bonfire" pile at the creek. I always wish I had all those sticks when I am looking for kindling in the winter but we can't mow in the summer until all the sticks are picked up. Three acres of pecan trees produces alot of sticks, believe me! I promise I didn't ask him to do this! That would've taken all the fun out of it for him. He even proudly did some of the photos of his work for me to blog.


I realize in a few years, the teenage years, the work won't seem so fun but today I sat on the deck and watched alot of memories being made from Camp Neena. All on the seat of a riding lawn mower.

6 comments:

Heather said...

sniff sniff!! That sweet boy. I'm ready for him to come home. It makes my heart happy to see him loving being at your house so much. He is having a blast!! I love you.

That Girl said...

I only have one pecan tree and I could use some help picking up sticks!

Holly said...

Glad to hear Session 2 of Camp Neena is going well. He sure makes "work" look fun and easy! Glad y'all are having a great time and making forever memories.

Snapshot said...

What a good Grandmother you are. You are making some precious, precious memories.
And you are right, it will all move faster than you think. They'll be grown in a flash.

mindy tyndall said...

What fun! There is nothing better than riding around on a riding mower or a tractor. It was always a treat when my pawpaw would let us drive the tractor around. Reid looks like he is having such fun and I'll bet you are just in heaven! (by the way, about the crushed velvet rocking loveseat...we've had it all these years, and we just gave it to Christine to rock the babies on. I can't believe you have one too!!!)
Thanks for sharing all your Neena stories. They make me smile!
Hugs!

paul said...

What fun! Anything with a motor and wheels can be made fun. I don't even have a motor on bikes and it is still fun!