|I just heard on the news today that a little 4 y.o. boy died after being run over by a lawn roller. That makes for a tragic day in our county. As you pray for this family, please also keep in mind how quickly fun can turn into tragedy. Be extra cautious when working around children or keep them far away from your work. Here are some things to keep in mind when your kids are near you while working in the yard or on the farm. These are just off the top of my head, I’m sure you can think of more and I’m sure there are brochures and safety bulletins with more as well.
Don’t get me wrong- I’m not trying to take away your fun! My husband is extremely cautious and was taught by his father to be extremely cautious. Many people come to our farm who are not as cautious and tend to think he is over-cautious. But just think for a moment- if a child was injured or worse yet, killed because of an adult’s carelessness on equipment, would the adult go on with their life as normal? Would your life go on as normal? NO. You would never be the same.
And don’t tell me that you lived to adulthood without all the safety gear and so you believe your kids will be alright too. Scientists have been working these years between your childhood and adulthood to increase the life expectancy of every person on this earth and part of their research has been in the area of safety. God didn’t teach them this stuff to ruin our fun, He gave them this knowledge to help us live longer and happier lives.
This is something that I remind myself of all the time and that my husband reminds me of when I get a little lax in how I handle the boys. That’s why I’m writing today because I need to work on it too!
Now go get your kid out of that padded room you just locked him in! Talk to him/her, hug them and send them outside for some fresh air!
God is good- all the time. . . .