Thursday, February 26, 2015

Questions for the Farmer: "Are you or Aren't You?"

Living in the country and or Small Town USA is the best.  I can drive around, shop, and stop for a chat every time I head in to our small town of Fowler.  I have to stop and wonder, though, if Tall Guy and I are the topic of conversation because half the time I venture out, I am not wearing my wedding rings.  TG rarely wears his.  We will be at one of the girls' sporting events, church, or just out for a drive, and one will realize that we are "dating," not married, because of the missing rings.


I'm sure there are some folks out there wondering why we are not wearing our wedding rings.  Let me reassure everyone that our marriage is good, all is well here on the farm, but the farm is the reason we often leave our rings in the house.  Probably the biggest injury to farmers is the loss of fingers, and the reason is that a ring can get caught on several pieces of farm equipment, nails, screws, hooks or while we are climbing up/down something.

My Grandpa Bill lost part of his ring finger. His wedding ring got caught while climbing around on a grain wagon. TG has had a close call or two as well.  While helping TG put a box of bailing wire (one box weighs about 100 pounds) from the store cart to the truck bed, I almost smashed my finger, and the ring I had on my finger didn't help matters; it made a nice cut on my finger where it was pushed into the skin.  It's also not so pleasant to take an old toothbrush to your rings to scrub out organic material.


Nope, they were not on my finger here either!  Whew!

So if you see me out and about without my rings, never fear!  They are at home, safely placed for when I am out working around our farm.


14 comments:

  1. I can totally relate. The Farmer and I never wear our rings when we are working on the farm…too risky and dangerous!

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    1. Thanks Mischa! I have always wondered what people who noticed my rings missing think. I honestly hardly ever pay attention to such things, but I do know there are inquiring minds out there!

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  2. Good blog post idea, Lana. My parents do not wear their wedding rigs for the same reason as you. J's folks and J and I wear our rings all the time. J has had a couple close calls with his ring, almost leaving it behind in a cow or ewe he was assisting in the birthing process.

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    1. Thanks Robyn....You really wouldn't want to have to sort through all "that" to find a ring!

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  3. Good blog post idea, Lana. My parents do not wear their wedding rigs for the same reason as you. J's folks and J and I wear our rings all the time. J has had a couple close calls with his ring, almost leaving it behind in a cow or ewe he was assisting in the birthing process.

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    1. Oh Robyn, I'm sure going "back in" to find a ring after assisting in a birth is NOT what anyone would want to do! Great comment!

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    2. Oh Robyn, I'm sure going "back in" to find a ring after assisting in a birth is NOT what anyone would want to do! Great comment!

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  4. Very good pointers about farm safety! Farm safety should be taken seriously every day on the farm! Love your wedding ring.

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    1. Thanks Crystal. The diamonds are from my Grandma Phyllis's wedding ring. She was married to Grandpa Bill. My hands are the best to look at, but I think they do look better with all my fingers attached ;-)

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    2. Thanks Crystal. The diamonds are from my Grandma Phyllis's wedding ring. She was married to Grandpa Bill. My hands are the best to look at, but I think they do look better with all my fingers attached ;-)

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  5. I just wrote about this for Valentine's Day. Wearing a ring is so ingrained in our society that not wearing one makes one feel out of place. Not any more for me - I'd rather keep my fingers thankyouverymuch! http://www.thegreenacresreport.blogspot.com/2015/02/put-ring-on-it.html

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    1. Thanks Dana! I did wear my rings to the last 4th grade game of the year, but Tall Guy raced around from hauling grain to feeding cattle to his truck, and his ring never made it on. I'm good with it.

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  6. Thanks for sharing! This is a common theme among farmers I know. I'm personally grateful that my dad wears his ring because it once saved his life while sheep shearing. The sheep bucked at an inopportune time and instead of his handpiece jabbing immediately toward his forearm, his ring caught the moving blades! Definitely needed stitches, but his scar and a tiny hint of scratches on the gold band are the only thing to show from the accident.

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    1. I'm glad your father's ring saved him from damaging his arm. His story is probably a bit far from the norm, but the Good Lord works in mysterious ways, and this day wearing a ring was to his benefit. Thanks for commenting.

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