The last couple of letters have been written from Tink and Bear's point of view. It makes the content more effective. I thought I would share with you Tink's latest contribution to farm safety awareness.
"Tink" here. Mom said it was time to write her spring safety letter, but she just left to go help Dad do something with the computer monitor in the tractor, so I thought I would help her out. I’ve been listening to them talk, and I think I know what to tell you.
First, Mom is still worried that the roads just are not wide enough for cars and tractors to meet going different ways. From the back seat, there does look to be a lot of dirt and mud to drive in if we had to get over on some roads, so be careful if you do have to pull over for a farmer to get by.
Dad says Mom might be driving one of our tractors this spring. If that’s true, then I need to tell you to be extra careful! I’m not saying she’s a bad driver; it just means that both my mom and dad will be out farming, and chances are "Bear" and I will be riding with one of them. If you have to pass us, make sure you can do it safely so we can all go home for supper at night.
Sometimes Dad asks my grandma to go in to ----(insert your local Co-op or chem dealer's name) for chemicals. When she pulls those tanks back to Dad and Grandpa, she can’t go very fast. Please keep an eye out for trucks pulling chemical tanks, and don’t drive too close to them.
If you are around chemical wagons, DO NOT TOUCH them! That’s what Daddy always tells us, so there must be stuff in there that could possibly hurt us. When Daddy says NO, I usually try to listen and learn.
If I had to tell you one last thing, I would say, please watch out for all farmers on the roads this spring. As you can see, my whole family will be out there planting very soon, and I have a lot of friends whose families are also farming. We want to have a safe spring planting season, and you can help so much if you keep an eye out for the farmers in our community.
Tink R. Pot
County Farm Bureau Very Young Farmer
Ok, I changed a few names to protect us all from fame and fortune, but you get the drift. If your local paper needs a safety reminder this spring, please feel free to take Tink's letter and make it fit your area. We want all farmers across the country to have a safe and successful planting season!
In the days and weeks to come, please keep an eye out for your local farmers. We may be big, we may move slow, but inside every tractor or truck is someone who is loved and needed at home.