Some kids stick with me.

I’ve worked for Farm Safety For Just Kids for four years. The week I started a little boy fell from a tractor and went through a sod cutter. Recalling his story still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up, even four years later.

I am a marketing director. I work for Farm Safety For Just Kids.

But when I read about a child involved in a farm accident my first reaction is that of a mom.

Yesterday I read an article about a 12-year-old boy in Texas who died after he fell from a tractor and was pulled through a brush hog. Tears pricked the back of my eyes. I can’t even imagine. Well, I can… but I don’t want to.

His parents don’t have a choice. I picture my own son, and I squeeze my eyes shut. I don’t like to cry at work.

At the end of the day, I’ll tidy up my desk and make the half hour commute home. When I walk in the door, I’ll squeeze my son so long he starts to squirm. When he finally breaks free, I’ll plant a kiss on the top of his head.

I will carry the boy from Texas with me, just like the rest.

My hope is that you will too. The next time your son or daughter or grandchild asks to go for a ride – think of them. And think twice.

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About Farm Safety For Just Kids

Farm Safety For Just Kids is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting a safe farm environment to prevent health hazards, injuries, and fatalities to rural children and youth. We produce and distribute educational materials addressing various dangers commonly found in the rural environment. Farm Safety For Just Kids is supported by a chapter network of grassroots volunteers located throughout the United States and Canada. The organization also has part-time outreach coordinators in several states. Chapters, outreach coordinators, and volunteers conduct educational programs to raise awareness about safety and health issues affecting their communities.
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