When a City Girl Goes Country

By Annette Bridges

“Would you like to come up to the farm and haul hay with me?”

His enthusiasm made the experience sound like so much fun, how could I refuse?

I had never driven a stick shift before. I had never driven a truck before. I had certainly never hauled hay before. In fact, I had no idea what it meant to “haul hay.” So what was my boyfriend soon-to-become husband thinking when he invited me to haul hay with him?

Why was he willing to risk his life by putting this totally inexperienced city girl behind the wheel of his flatbed truck with an old granny four-speed? Did he want to test his balance? Did he want to see how much patience he had or how good of a driving instructor he could be?

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