In my stomping ground
My father once told me that I was a farm girl, that is all I would ever be. My intelligence told me that this would not be.
Now, with a farm girl's genes, I smile whenever I see a John Deere tractor. Given that, seeing the following videos makes my smiles bigger. Yes, I know. These little boys were too young to be doing this, that riding these is amazingly dangerous.
It is a farming thing.
Grandpas teach the Dads, and then the Dads teach their offspring. The level of safety has increased tremendously. Their parents are next to them, filming them, watching them. But the biggest things are that the parents are teaching them, instilling in them a respect for life and work. And even more important, they are learning to understand safety and how to avoid injury.
Below are videos of children learning that and more. Each is about 3 minutes, except the last one which is 6 minutes.
These are 4 brothers moving hay to feed cows. The youngest
brother (little blond sweetie) is riding with an older brother.
My brothers were on tractors by the time they were 10-12 yrs. old. In fact, every farm boy was licensed to drive farm vehicles on public roads by the time they were 14. I even had to drive an old Ford to help dump corn for the hogs. I was 9 and I was terrified.
Farm kids are outside working with their parents. Electronics are in the house. Which would you choose?