Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Grinding

While living on our farm we used to grind all our own feed for our cows. Our corn crib was designed to be able to back the grinder between the bins which made it a lot easier to scoop shovels full of ear corn into the auger which noisily and seemingly greedily ground it.

Sailor was fascinated with it and when ever he heard the grinder start up he wanted to go watch. I used to go with him to make sure he stayed at a safe distance. Even so he developed quite a throwing arm and managed to successfully toss a few ears of corn into the auger.

The feed grinder was one of our pieces of machinery that I disliked the most because of how very dangerous it seemed. I never missed it when we sold our farm and moved.

Last week one of my oldest cousins was grinding feed on their farm with the help of their 13 year  old son, Bennie. Something fell into the auger that wasn't supposed to and with out stopping to think Bennie tried to retrieve it. The hungry auger immediately grabbed him.  He did not survive.

I can not imagine the horrible heartbreak his parents and siblings must be dealing with right now.

37 comments:

Deb said...

Oh no, I'm so sorry about your cousin. Praying for God's comfort for the family right now.

Laura said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry for your cousin's family. Such a tragic loss. Will say an extra prayer for them...

Felisol said...

What a horrible way to loose one's child.
Praying for comfort and ease for your cousin's and his family.

Claudia said...

So sorry for you loss, praying for the family!

Magnolia Tea said...

That's too horrible for words! May God help that family through the days ahead.

I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

Oh my gosh. This is so awful. I am so sorry! Praying for peace & hope to settle over your family.

Elizabethd said...

How desperately tragic. May God be close to that family.

Grammy Blick said...

I cannot imagine the horror that family is experiencing. May God grant them His peace that passes our understanding.

Rita said...

What a horrible happening. Such a sad loss. I will pray and pray more for the family.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Oh my goodness; that is absolutely tragic. As a farmer myself, I know the dangers that loom in the farm yard and machinery should treated with respect.

Huge condolences.

CJ xx

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh my gosh sweetie...
I am so, so sorry to hear about your cousins son, Bennie. What a horrible accident. I will be keeping the family in my prayers this week. I cannot even imagine what they must be going through.
Peace be with all of you at this time.

Thank you for sharing with us sweetie, you never know who else out there might have this equipment on their farm as well, and it could save another child or even adult. Farm machinery is so dangerous.

Many hugs and so much love from Phoenix, Sherry

Folky Dots said...

How awful. I'm sorry!

Rita said...

So so sorry! Every once in a while we hear about farming accidents--which can be very serious or deadly. Several people have suffocated falling into grain bins up here recently.

Prayers to the family.

Nell said...

How horrific. I will join in the many others who are praying for the Lord to wrap his ever comforting arms around your extended family as they mourn the loss of their child. What a tragedy!

Treasures Evermore said...

I too will join in prayer. I am deeply sorry for this horrible loss to you and all your family.

Tiff said...

I almost couldn't believe what I read and had to read it twice before it sank in. I am so very sorry the loss of this child. I can not even begin to imagine this family's pain and sorrow. I will keep them in my prayers.

Alicia said...

That is horrible!!! May God bring peace to you all.

Raspberry Leaf said...

Oh my. What an incredible tragedy! May Benny's family find peace and solace.

Colleen's Blog Long Island NY said...

So sorry for the loss of your cousin. I will keep the family in my prayers,

AverettLadyNana said...

OH NO what an awful accident. My prayers with all of the family!!

Lisa in Texas = ) said...

Oh- I am SO sorry to hear about this tragic accident. May God comfort the family during this time, Lisa :o)

Susan said...

A very sad loss. My condolences to the family. Farming is very difficult and very dangerous. God Bless,.

Sue Smith said...

Praying Bennie's family and for all who lives he touched.

Happyone : ) said...

Oh what a horrible thing to have happened!! Just awful!! I am so sorry!!!

Janie said...

So sad. I'm so worry for your family's loss.

Toriz said...

How awful; I'm so sorry to hear of this tragic loss!

Jo-Ann said...

Dear God -- comfort this mourning family now as they walk through this valley and bring them out on the other side with peace in their hearts knowing that you love them.

Stephanie said...

Oh no, how sad.

regina said...

Mary Ann, I'm so sorry to hear about your cousin. Words are never enough. I hope this family has a strong support group. I'll pray God sends comfort to this family.
Regina

Rosemary said...

This is just so very sad, Mary Ann. I am so sorry.

On My Own said...

I did not expect that. My heart dropped when I read it. Having children of my own... I cannot even imagine. My heart breaks for your family. I will be praying that the Lord will comfort them.

Isabella said...

I pray the Lord will comfort your family in thier loss how tragic

Karen said...

This is so horrible I don't even know what to say. How tragic. I'm so sorry.

Susannah said...

I pray God watches over all of you and brings you comfort. Sincere Sympathy.

Friends,
Susannah

Knitwit said...

How horrible. I can't imagine the heartbreak. It gives me a renewed respect for our farmers,and what they risk to put food on my table.

Linda from KY said...

I read this and immediately felt sick to my stomach over this horrible tragedy! I am praying for the family.

Stephanie said...

So sorry to hear about your cousin. Heartbreaking.

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