No Gory Picture
Last week I was driving the tractor and bump, I ran over my 5 year old daughter. It was horrible. It all happened so fast and I was paying attention. I saw something go under at the last instant and there was no way to stop. The tractor tire rode up and over a sickening crunch. I jumped off and ran around to look. But no…
fortunately it was just my imagination as the tractor ground over, praise all that is good, only a pail full of apple pomace!
The pomace pail had slid down off of the snow bank and under my wheel as I drove by. The pail was a total loss. If it had been a person they would have been just as crushed. If rather than a pail it had been a person or animal getting ground into the icy driveway under the heavy logging chains and rear wheel of the 9,000 lb tractor.
It is a terrible thing to have someone die on the farm. You read about these kinds of accidents every year. Running over a chicken would have been bad enough. I took everyone out and showed them the scene of the accident. We all mourned the poor apples, now twice crushed, and the bucket. We talked about what could have happened. I am always worried someone will come up on me unseen and get run over.
We have long had strict rules about staying away from the tractor, vehicles, chainsaw, etc. Don’t ever try to sneak by the moving tractor. Work slowly and safely. We use a system of hand signs to communicate with an all clear. I’m just glad it wasn’t Hope or any other living thing that went bump in the daylight.
This has been your friendly, heart rending, shock to the endocrine system warning sponsored by the ACFFAPASWC.
Outdoors: 32°F/10°F Snow
Farm House: 32°F/31°F
Tiny Cottage: 62°F/56°F Fire in the morning