Gentle reader: After 6 inches of powder fell today there has been a lot of chatter about snow removal equipment and tractors of various sizes. I was reminded of this converastion of almost 25 years ago.
I had taken my daughter, about age 5, to the clinic for the usual URI. The pediatrician on call that day was the locally famous and well-loved, Dr. Pieter Smeenk. That particular day he was wearing a toy John Deere tractor clipped to his necktie–as only a clever pediatrician would do. The conversation ensued as follows.
Mom to Daughter: Look, Dr. Smeenk has a John Deere tractor too!
Dr. Smeenk to Daughter: Do you have a big green tractor?
Daughter, shyly: Yes, it’s really noisy.
Dr. Smeenk: What does it sound like?
Daughter abandons her coyness, proudly fills her lungs and says loudly: Bup, bup , wheeeeeeee . . . BUMP , BUMP, BUMP, WRRROOOOAARRRRRR!
Dr. Smeenk: Oh My!, that sounds like a diesel engine with an gasoline starting motor!
Mom: Yes, indeed. It’s a 720.
Finale (after much giggling and laughter):
Daughter says matter-of-factly to Dr. Smeenk: Grampie says naughty words when the big noise doesn’t go.