A letter to my sons:
I made Lil Worker Safety Gear for you. I made it for you because I love you. I made it for you because I know you love to dress up and pretend to be just like me when I'm at work. I couldn't find anything for you that looked like what I would wear at work so I made your own child-sized work gear myself. I made it for you because I know you love to run and play and it scares the hell out of me that one day you'll get a bit too carried away and run into thestreet at the precisely the wrong time. I've had nightmares about the accident, visions about it, cried about it and I promised myself that I would do anything I could to prevent it from happening. I hoped that maybe if you were wearing something bright, something reflective, the driver of the car might see you one or two milliseconds earlier and my tears may only be those of relief.
I know I've been working a lot. I had no idea how hard and expensive it would be to make your safety gear. I realized that other parents probably feel exactly the same way as I do, and I felt responsible for making our safety gear available to protect their children too. I didn't think it would be this difficult, but I'm committed to helping, to making a positive difference, to protecting priceless lives. I know you understand.
You know me. I'm not a seamstress. I can't sew. I can't draw. I cut down big dangerous trees near power lines. I promise you that I've done the best with what I have. I plan on continuing to make your safety gear better and better and better and better. I hope you love your gear as much as I love you.
#vizyourkids coming November 2016
Because the hazards at work are the same as at play.