Friday, September 14, 2012

Four

Hey hay!
Local country fields are being hayed one more time before the first frost comes. Driving into the city yesterday, I saw plenty of action on the field of a large farm. There were three haying machines working, going back and forth, and this scene  reminded me of a haunting hay story. I don't even know if there is a bit of urban myth mixed into it. An eighteen year old was working a field on his family farm in the Midwest somewhere. While working alone one afternoon, he accidentally fell off his tractor and was run over. His arm was severed. Thinking fast, he made a tourniquet out of his t-shirt and ran to the house, carrying his arm. When his parents returned shortly, they found him, covered in blood, sitting in the bathtub. He was rushed to the hospital and his arm was reattached. News reporters asked him later why he was in the bathtub with his arm, and he said he didn't want to get blood on his mother's rugs. Is the story true? I have no idea, but each summer, as I drive by fields being worked by large haymakers, this story comes back to me. I can't shake it. To me, it's very believable, yet haunting. I can actually start to tear up. Now, this is a son who loves his mother.

97 comments:

  1. Good story. Very intersting

    ReplyDelete
  2. Not too scary but very believable, I'm honestly surprised that he could keep a cool head! Awesome story.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Wow! That's a creepy story!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow he really loves his mother!!!

    ReplyDelete
  5. A picture of a Unripened Marshmallow crop. =)

    ReplyDelete
  6. hey bird man that's a weird story I think i've heard before

    ReplyDelete
  7. I have heard that story but I heard it differently. It was that the dog found his arm.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Very good Birdman. heard that story before!

    ReplyDelete
  9. That story is haunting,sad,and cool bird man.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Heyy Birdman, creepy story.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nice Story Birdman :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. That's craziness! I would be like totally flipping out if that happened to me. How did he stay calm?!

    ReplyDelete
  13. very interesting! Its very scary:)

    ReplyDelete
  14. someone's gonna have to clean the blood from the hey.

    ReplyDelete
  15. If it is true, I hope he his okay. :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Replies
    1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

      Delete
  17. Birdman that story inspires me that faimly is great and you will do anything for them

    ReplyDelete
  18. nice story bird man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  19. THIS IS A GOOD POST ABOUT HAY

    ReplyDelete
  20. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  21. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete
  22. when do you think the frost is going to start?

    ReplyDelete
  23. that is a touching story

    ReplyDelete
  24. good story really liked it! i think its true

    ReplyDelete
  25. Man that does not sound fun......I would not want to do that.

    ReplyDelete
  26. nice story. that is so scary. im scared now

    ReplyDelete
  27. Nice picture BirdMan :)
    -Calah

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wow this boy is amazing I can't believe he did that for his mother and just wow I'm suprized he survived that he is so lucky
    tabby

    ReplyDelete
  29. I love talking photos of stuff

    ReplyDelete
  30. I loved your story it really touched my heart. That mother must be really proud of her son.

    ReplyDelete
  31. This is a very good photo Birdman!! That story is believable and scary!

    ReplyDelete
  32. I like the story! Very interesting!

    ReplyDelete
  33. most amazing story I've ever read

    ReplyDelete
  34. I've actually heard of that story before.

    ReplyDelete
  35. That is such a weird and cool story. How did that kid not died after he got run over, I mean that is insane!

    ReplyDelete
  36. he must love his mother!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  37. I love the picture!

    ReplyDelete
  38. i cant wait to see your next story bird man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    ReplyDelete
  39. Omg dramaqueen girl 2!September 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    This story is scary, and good for halloween!

    ReplyDelete
  40. hey Birdman i liked that story it seems really believable to me except for the part of the severed arm that part kind of grossed me out.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Awesome story, never heard of the legend before.

    ReplyDelete
  42. hey birdman I love the story

    ReplyDelete
  43. I would think that was a true story, but i was surprised that he didn't bleed to death.. freaky.

    ReplyDelete
  44. Well that story was weird and creepy.

    ReplyDelete
  45. that was amazingly detailed and it scared me a little

    ReplyDelete
  46. wazzzz upp birdman

    ReplyDelete
  47. that was amazingly detailed and it scared me a little

    ReplyDelete
  48. Nice story he must not want to clean up his blood.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Having an arm cut off would be very painful. If I was in that much pain I wouldn't care about blood getting on the rug.

    ReplyDelete
  50. the story is good i like it, very interesting.

    ReplyDelete
  51. Good story my favorite part was when you talked about the haunted story

    ReplyDelete
  52. I like your pictures they are really nice,and your stories are really detailed

    ReplyDelete
  53. nice story bird man i like it and the picture looks great but kinda of a creepy story tho

    ReplyDelete
  54. I really liked the story!! Amazingly written and i just loved the part about the bathtub.. Awesome!!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Cool Story! I think it's true!! I liked it.

    ReplyDelete
  56. the real baconbits101September 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    the story is nice very detailed same with your pictures

    ReplyDelete
  57. That is creepy I think it is true.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Nice story bird man.

    ReplyDelete
  59. I liked the haunted story part.

    ReplyDelete
  60. nice story its creepy tho havin r arm cut off would hurt and i wouldnt really care about gettin blood on da rug

    ReplyDelete
  61. Sounds true to me! Even more interesting than the story is the fact that 84 people have left comments. What? You're a popular Birdman!

    ReplyDelete
  62. i could see it being true, sadly.

    love the pic.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Comparable things have happened (in France, I think) - so maybe?

    ReplyDelete
  64. A beautiful photograph and a good story to go with it.
    Costas

    ReplyDelete
  65. Birdman, That story is factual and is absolutely true. It happened a number of years ago in Minnesota (or nearby Wisconsin). I read the information printed in daily newspapers at the time with several follow-up stories. An amazing young man! There was some rehabilitation afterwards, but I do not recall all the details. Unfortunately I couldn't find it on google, but I attest to the accuracy of the details.

    ReplyDelete
  66. I found a 2002 article here: http://www.johnsbook.net/news02.php He was a North Dakota boy!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Love the photo and if true, like Kate says, that's one good story....

    ReplyDelete
  68. I love the picture and in a way, I hope that the story is totally untrue !

    ReplyDelete
  69. oops, I see that Kate attest to the accuracy... oh wow !! that's something else ..still love the photo though !

    ReplyDelete
  70. Wonderful post. Nice shot too.

    ReplyDelete
  71. Hay there, you with the stars in your eyes...methinks you have hay fever. Actually, what you've got are spammers - bunches of them - most of those "anonymous" comments. Be careful they don't take over your email! It's happened to a couple of my friends lately! I think we're in the middle of a spam-wave.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Got a wee comment problem today, I see.

    ReplyDelete
  73. four hay barrels amazing ha but nice story

    ReplyDelete