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In Response to RE: Memoir Prompt March 2012: Challenges Conquered part 2 by PattyDiane
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In Response to RE: Memoir Prompt March 2012: Challenges Conquered by foxieblue Your story reminds me of one that is not really my own, but my Mother's and I have been reminded it many times over the past 60 years. It was a beautiful spring day, one of the first of the season and I had been looking out the window all during class and thinking what I would do to play outside when I got home. My younger sister and I got off the school bus and was surprised to see our mother in the front yard. This was not a usual situation. She was taking advantage of the beautiful day too, as was our neighbor across the street who was on his new riding tractor getting ready to plant a garden in the vacant lot next door. We all waved at him and he waved back, a big grin on his face. We were still watching when one of the wheels on his tractor went over the edge of the bank and seemed to tip over in slow motion until it was upside down on the driveway with our neighbor underneath. We lived on a rather busy street and as luck would have it a car was passing at the same time. The man stopped in our driveway and ran across the street, getting there before my mother, who ran as fast as she could after telling us to stay in our yard. We watched as the man tugged on the heavy tractor, unable to move it and then my mother added her strength and it seemed to rise with no resistance. We saw our mother continue to hold the tractor while the man pulled our neighbor from under it. At some point our neighbor's wife came running out and my mother put her arm around her telling her they needed to call an ambulance. She continued to keep everyone calm until after the police arrived followed by the ambulance. When everyone had left, our mother calmly crossed the street and started up our driveway before she fainted an fell to the ground. Luckly, just as Mother fell, my father was coming home from work and turned into our driveway to see Mother lying there. He stopped and picked her up to carry her in the house while my sister and I told him what had happened. I don't think he believed us until the man who had stopped his car came to check on the situation a few days later and was able to tell his account of the story. Sadly, our neighbor's back was broken and he never regained the use of his legs, but everyone agreed that he would have died from his injuries had he not been pulled from the weight of the tractor which was crushing him.