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I spent my summers growing up and many of my weekends during the school year on this farm. It is still owed and operated by my Uncle, who is one of the most wonderful persons in the world. He bought this farm with his mother after his father passed away. He was a young man at the time. He not only worked this farm, but, he also worked graveyard at the Boeing Company. He taught me how to work hard and the importance of loyalty, trust, honor and truthfulness. I don't recall ever hearing him complain, even though he worked two jobs and had little time to sleep.

I learned many lessons on the farm, including how to drive, how to fix things, how to milk a cow and the importance of following instructions. I can also share that there were many "close" calls with accidents. I think about some of the unsafe conditions that we encountered and the fact that many of the tasks I undertook were learned by "trial & error". Now, I came out of the experience without any lasting injuries and view my time of the farm as one of the most valuable experiences of my life. My farm experiences shaped many of the important characteristics that drew me to the law. Over the next several blogs, I plan to share information and thoughts about the important topic of farm injuries.

2 Comments

  1. Gravatar for Thomas Taylor

    Great topic, Mr. Eadie - I look forward to reading more.

    Readers, if you ever meet a successful farmer you will have met an exceptional business person. A really good farmer is often not just an expert agronomist, but also part chemist, bookkeeper, human resources director, mechanic and carpenter - and given the physical demands of the job, something of an athlete.

    And the combination of hard work, long days, fatigue and heavy machinery makes farming one of the most dangerous careers there is.

  2. Gravatar for Thomas Taylor

    Pardon me, Mr. Coluccio, I was reading several blogs and picked up the wrong name from an article posted near yours. Apologies.

    Again, I'm glad you are addressing this issue.

    -- TT

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