The other day we went to the fields and started working--planting early seeds(beets, lettuce, peas), discing, and cleaning up the equipment. The day started off like an average day chickens need tending and coffee for us. But about noon the so called nostalgic life of farming came to the reality of this life stile we farmers have chose to live--a 9 year old boy was killed on a farm we know well.
Boys play on the farm as boys do it is part of growing up, but on some occasions tragedy happens--he was playing on a pile a feed stuff by digging a hole on top of the pile and jumping in, the stuff quickly engulfed him, his father dug frantically and a foot or so down found his little arm to pull the boy out. He died at the hospital...it is sad, but this is part of farming one will be hard pressed to find a farm family who has not lost some young person to an accident on the farm, either there child, sidling, or cousin, parent, etc..
So, if you think farming is nostalgic, getting back to the way life is meant to be--you need to rethink what you believe farming is--