I'm not ashamed to say that while I type this thread tears are streaming down my face and I've got a huge knot in my stomach. As many of you know, Sunday night a terrible accident happened in NC. Two young children lost their lives when a wall of dirt collapsed, burying them nearly instantly. The whole thing is just awful. To make matters worse, the operator of the backhoe was one of the little children's father and uncle to the other child. I have four kids myself and when I read what the father said after the children were found it broke my heart:
"When she came out of the hole she was so cold," Arwood, of Stanley, N.C., told The Associated Press in his first news media interview. "I just wanted for her to be warm. I just wanted to put my arms around her and tell her she would be safe....I promised her I'd keep her safe. I promised them I'd keep them safe and warm. I broke that promise."
I'm not posting this to talk about how stupid the dad was nor to discuss whether he should of had a permit. I'm not posting this to debate whether the dad was a good dad or not because he was a felon. I don't care that he had guns and wasn't supposed to have them nor that a pot plant was found in his trailer. I'm posting this because I hope to remind us all about being safe with our hobby, especially when our kiddos are around. I appreciate boyscout862 reminding me of this the other day in a PM when I told him I'd bought a tractor for the kids.
God bless that family and may he wrap his arms around them as they walk through the unthinkable. Our children are precious so please be safe as the weather warms up and we all get out of doors to play with our tractors. Thanks.
P.S. Here's a link to the article if you wish to read it.