Publisher: dwinger Volume No. 2 Issue No 28 Date Jul. 2, 03
He leaves the house before 8:00 each morning, and comes back through the door sometime after 9:00 each night. His appearance is slightly changed. There is grease and dirt all over his clothes. The shoulders are slightly slumped and the feet shuffle a little more slowly.
Ryan is working for a harvesting crew. He leaves out in the morning and does what needs to be done. Since he is the new kid on the block, he gets the pleasure of doing some of the dirtier jobs. The first day he came home from greasing the combines he was messy from head to toe. I have noticed lately that he has learned to stay a little cleaner on the job.
I usually try to stay up for him until he comes home. This year the combines have not been able to run into the wee hours of the morning because of the all the moisture we have had, so he is usually in sometime after dark. One thing I have noticed is that Ryan likes to tell me about his day. This is a new experience for me. Teague and I usually have to quiz and question the boys about what is going on at school and their lives. It seems at times we will have to use some torture technique to get them to talk. But now all of a sudden Ryan is coming home and volunteering the comings and goings of the day. He tells us about the people he is working with and the things he is learning. (I don’t know if he realizes how much he is learning.)
I can sense a certain satisfaction in Ryan’s attitude. Sure he is tired of the long hours and hard work, but he is accomplishing something and a part of something much bigger than himself. My boy is growing into a man, and I am getting to watch.