Do you know what scares me?

@GardenGerty (143697)
United States
May 14, 2022 11:43am CST
There are many things that scare me or cause me concern. One of those things is seeing children, very small, toddler children, on farm equipment. As I was doing my morning mowing today, re mowing everything I mowed less than a week ago, plus more, I saw an older man, holding a toddler with his left arm. The child was on his lap, or rather his left knee. They were on a front end loader. It is bigger than a riding lawnmower, smaller than a tractor, but still it is power equipment. We hear every year about children injured or killed in similar situations. Even on simple riding lawn mowers. The baby/toddler was having fun, but in his cute little shorts and shirt, the very smallest injury he would get would be asphalt burns and scrapes on his arms and legs. Could get a head injury, could get run over by the backend of the machine. Wish people would stop scaring me. As he passed the adult took his right hand off the wheel to give me a friendly wave.
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@Hannihar (121035)
• Israel
15 May
@GardenGerty What did you do when you saw his wave?
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
Just looked back. Everyone waves all the time here even people I do not know.
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@Hannihar (121035)
• Israel
15 May
@GardenGerty Makes sense that you would look back. Do you wave at them and also the ones you do not know?
@RubyHawk (58988)
• Atlanta, Georgia
14 May
I don’t like to see anything like that where children are in danger.
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
People can be very careless.
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@RubyHawk (58988)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 May
@GardenGerty That’s why we have so many accidents.
@Deepizzaguy (65138)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
14 May
I do not blame you being concerned seeing adults riding with small children riding with adults on farm equipment.
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
So much potential injury. I know they think it is just a fun thing for the kids.
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@Deepizzaguy (65138)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
15 May
@GardenGerty I know what you mean.
@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
14 May
Although I know it's common for farm families to do this, yah it scares the heck out of me too. Yah, it's all fun and good until something happens .
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
Just nothing to protect the little one at all.
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@much2say (53843)
• Los Angeles, California
15 May
@GardenGerty People take these risks and think nothing will happen .
@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
14 May
My dad was raised on a farm .... grandpa was a share cropper .... and dad started learning to drive a tractor to help out when he was 5 or 6 around 1926. He and his brothers did all kinds of labor type work to help then when he was 10 he quit school to really help out.
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
I know, and lots of people do that today. Farming is the most dangerous occupation, I believe.
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@rebelann (97461)
• El Paso, Texas
15 May
Yes, on the one hand it is but just look at how much kids raised on farms learn about life, it beats citified kids every time ..... well kinda anyway.
@Juliaacv (65532)
• Canada
14 May
That is very dangerous, and you would think the adult would know better. They have farm safety courses for both parents as well as growing children at the college in the area that we come from. It a very rural area, our son took the course as he was out at my Dad's farm often when he was young.
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
Even the other day at Ag Day, on our 3rd. grade field trip, we had high school students presenting lessons on Farm Safety. I hope they grow up to do what they know is safe.
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@Juliaacv (65532)
• Canada
15 May
@GardenGerty Its a shame that the grandparents and parents do not know better. I remember that my Dad would never allow any children onto a tractor unless there was a buddy seat in the cab for them. He bought a gator to move the children around from one farm to another safely.
@BarBaraPrz (36582)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 May
Your post reminded me of the time I helped push-start Uncle John's tractor...
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
I know, farm kids live exciting lives. Lots of work, lots of thrills. How much help were you?
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@BarBaraPrz (36582)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 May
@GardenGerty Oh, loads and loads... see that pile of hay behind us? I put it there...
@Morleyhunt (21586)
• Canada
14 May
Last week a neighbour headed down the road with her one year old grandchild on her lap (driving). The day before the child’s father was out bombing around on his four wheeler with the tot on his lap…no helmet…on the road. Earlier in the week mom and dad were on the trampoline with the tot.. I simply can’t watch such blatant irresponsibility.
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
Common sense is quite uncommon and danger is everywhere. You hear about little ones getting run over in their family drive way.
@Morleyhunt (21586)
• Canada
15 May
@GardenGerty Rule at our house…as soon as a car started in the drive….make sure, some body part is in contact with the house. Family thought we were nuts…but it made sure the kids were off the driveway if a vehicle was moving. I found it was too easy to not see a child…but if they were touching the house, I could see all of them easily.
@CarolDM (182010)
• United States
14 May
I know exactly what you mean. And lately I see kids (younger than teenagers) on four-wheelers and they are standing as they drive. Where are the parents!
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
Right behind them on another four wheeler. I know of several adults who have been seriously injured on four wheelers when they do not follow good safety habits.
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@CarolDM (182010)
• United States
15 May
@GardenGerty I know they can be fun but also very dangerous.
@AmbiePam (58858)
• United States
14 May
It brings me back to stories my dad told. That was just how people did things, but in the here and now, we should know better.
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
Yes, we should, but we don't.
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@sabtraversa (13247)
• Italy
14 May
That sounds dangerous, hopefully the child was very well behaved and risk was minimal.
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@GardenGerty (143697)
• United States
15 May
The little one looked very pleased and he was not, or did not appear to be a wiggly kid.
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@marlina (143944)
• Canada
14 May
This practice is extremely dangerous.
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@aninditasen (4568)
• Raurkela, India
15 May
You could have talked to the gentleman and warned him about the dangers that children or kids to face with lawn mowers.