Summer Dream on the Farm

Note: "Luka" is our just-turned four-year-old son who was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder called Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), and "Sissy" is his energetic twin sister.
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Waves of corn encompass us as we watch the playful pig wallow.

A rooster crows.

Two goats pace high atop their wooden perch waiting for a handful of pellets.

An early start to visit our favorite farm is always a welcome adventure for the little ones.

A great time made even better knowing that with only Dad around, the odds of eating ice cream at the farm's market before 10 am are excellent.

Sissy sprints to the top of the S-shaped slide and then drops to the ground with a smile and a whoosh of body motion under the cloudless azure sky.

Luka climbs on a rusty red tractor and pretends to drive--a piece of machinery that is now an integral part of the farm's playground.

A horse and buggy carrying an Amish family approaches us along the road--the bearded father in his traditional outfit and straw hat holding the reins while his wife, wearing a long dress, is seated next to him. A young child with overall straps and wearing a hat like his dad sits facing the back.

Luka sees them and yells: "Look, Old MacDonald Had a Farm."

He then breaks into a loud and stuttered rendition of the classic nursery rhyme Old MacDonald complete with the appropriate neighing in honor of the stocky work horse that is passing.

Hearing the comment and the song, the Amish family turns and smiles in unison.

The father and mother wave to little Luka who is still singing atop the tractor.

The carriage then disappears beyond a copse of trees.

I am not sure how this day could begin any better.

28 comments:

jinksy said...

You paint a lovely picture here...

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

What a wonderful adventure with your kids!

daisyfae said...

a perfect morning! especially if there was ice cream!

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
My nephew has learning disabiliies. A good child, but somewhat remote to strangers. After placement in a new school more suited to him, a few months later, he sang his school lesson song out of the blue to an entire extended family dinner.

Victory. Is. Sweet.
Ann T.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Don't you just love kids-they always make the best comments at the most random times. Great story Slam!

Eternally Distracted said...

Sounds fabulous :0)

Jackie said...

:)! Sounds like Heaven!

xx
Jaxs

Luisa Doraz said...

How fun. :) I bet you all have many hours of mysterious moments of laughter. :)

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Sounds like an Andrew Wyeth moment...the kind of Americana that makes this nation great.

And it invokes the innocence of a child in all of us, I'm sure.

I miss those days.

Great post.

obladi oblada said...

Great post. Sounds like a nice morning? Did you have the ice cream? I hope so.

WomanHonorThyself said...

aw..so sweet dude!

carma said...

Sounds idyllic. My husband would have to agree with the ice cream before 10:00 part. That's how he rolls...which also leads to other "rolls" but I digress...

Have you seen Weird Al's song about the Amish?? google it if you get a chance. I think it's called "Amish Paradise" or maybe don't - it might ruin your fond memories..

sheri said...

this is so heartwarming, slam! i can only imagine how cool it is for the kids to have a day out with dad alone...did you stay true to your 'ice cream before 10am'??? i hope so!!

Stephen Tremp said...

A wonderful post that just put me in a better mood. But ice cream before 10:00 a.m.?? Why not I say .... sometimes you have to live outside of the box.

Stephen Tremp

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for the comments all.

@ Carma, Sheri, Obladi Obladi and Stephen: Yes, dad procured ice cream before 10 am for the kids gang. The little girl had vanilla and the little boy ate mint chocolate chip. Unfortunately, there were no leftovers for dad.

Rebecca said...

How evocative. This post should be read out loud, for your words are beautiful and you've chosen them with great thought and care, it seems. Beautiful family.

jodeeluna said...

What a delightful story. Don't you just love the honesty of children? I agree, what a perfect start of a day!

Angelia Sims said...

I love seeing the Amish! How cute is he to break out in song. That is a good way for us all to live. Bursting! I love that!

Too bad they didn't have any homemade pies on board for ya! :-)

T. Anne said...

I have a cild who struggles similarly. What a lovely post.

Selma said...

Such a lovely story of hope. Beautifully described!

MONICA-LnP said...

I feel as if I am there!

LisaF said...

Simple pleasures. Simple joys.

Angela Ackerman said...

Farms with kids are the BEST. It is so great to see the world through their eyes. :)

Angela @ The Bookshelf MUse

Theresa Milstein said...

That's a lovely story. I've worked with autistic children and have a friend whose child has a neurological child that mimics autism. Makes for interesting stories.

Natalie said...

What a great description! I can completely picture trhis slice of heaven day. Thanks for sharing

Momma Fargo said...

What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing that.

terri said...

Beautiful.

Candice said...

Luka sounds very bright...and very fun!!