Are Things Heavier Than They Look?

Joan pushing against huge bale of hay taller than her!
April 1, 1997 Joan moving bale of hay at Walden’s Stables, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

“Are Things Heavier Than They Look?” by Joan Y. Edwards

How heavy do you think each bale of hay is? Can you push it? Can I push it? Would a farmer like it if I rolled his bales of hay down the hills into a different part of the field?

In 1995, I saw bales of hay near my friend, Sylvia Callahan’s home in Midland, North Carolina.  As Sylvia and I walked along the edge of the highway, I had this thought cross my mind. “Get out there in the field and push the bales of hay down the hill. Push at least one of them and watch it roll down the hill. That would be such fun!”

Then I told Sylvia, “Your neighbors might not appreciate me moving their bales of hay around their field.”

Forward in time to April 1, 1997. Carl and I traveled to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We went riding horses at Walden Stables. Outside the barns were three huge bales of hay. I told Carl. I’m going to ask to see if they will let me move these bales of hay. So I did.

“Sir, I’ve always had a hankering to move one of those bales of hay when I’ve seen them on the road.  May I move one of your bales of hay?”

“Ma’am, feel free to move those bales of hay anywhere. However, I must tell you that each of them weighs about 700 pounds.”

My eyes got as big as turkey platters!

You guessed it I tried to move one of the bales of hay! Did it move? not a bit. Not even one millimeter! But it was fun!

Was it better than not trying at all? You bet it was.

Today there may be something you need a little bit of humor to help you handle it.  Besides humor, you may need a lot of power. I pray that God sends you the humor and the power to achieve your goal. He can add the power you don’t have to help you move the “bales of hay” in your life.

I hope this made you laugh!

Please leave a comment sharing a funny experience you’ve had in your life.

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8 thoughts on “Are Things Heavier Than They Look?”

    1. Dear Carol,
      Thank you for writing. I’m glad you thought it was funny. I was so silly to think I could push those bales of hay! I hope you and Creighton are doing well.

      Never Give Up

  1. The mind can play tricks on you in so many ways. You hear of feats of unimaginable strength that occurs in panic and stressful situations. Such as the woman who saw husband repairing their car when the car jack failed crushing her husband underneath, In panic she rushed over and lifted the car up enough to allow her husband to wriggle out. But in the cold light of day she couldn’t lift it.

    I remember when in the Merchant Navy I was a steward in the restaurant it was massive. All the stewards had a table of eight seats. They would store the food in what was called a dumb waiter, which had hot plates to keep the plates and food warm.
    When the sea was calm and no wind, we would play a mind game. We would nod to each other then start in rhythm to sway from one side to the other, then up and down.
    We would watch the passengers begin to move in unison.

    The aim of the game was to see who’s passenger(s) would get up and rush out to be sick; then we would notch up a mark. How cruel, but looking back it so funny at the time.

    But it was all in the mind of the person who was watching and then copying us and the others. Of course there were those who saw through what we were doing and laughed.

    Thanks Joan for another fun and interesting blog

    1. Dear David,
      Thank you for writing and sharing the inspiring story about the woman who saved her husband by being able to lift the car so he could get out from under it. The game you and your shipmates played on passengers on the Merchant Marine ship. That was funny to you and probably not funny to the passengers. Although if they figured out what you were doing, they might not have followed your motions. All in the past.

      Enjoy being you.
      Never Give Up

    1. Dear Melanie,
      Thank you for writing. You are so funny. I love your comment where cows can no longer get a square meal because of the meals being served in round bales! Love your humor.

      Never Give Up

  2. What a great story and photo. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” came to mind:
    Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.

    1. Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for saying you liked the story and photo. You are right, our lord and God helps us do many things that we cannot do on our own!
      I hope the story made you laugh!

      Never Give Up

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