If you drive through our nearby town you see Help Wanted signs all over. Main Street businesses have signs in their windows, Burger King, Wallyworld and the motels are all looking for help. My cousin owns one of the local golf courses she didn’t get any applications for the four positions she was hoping to fill.
During the summer time when I was growing up my first job was peeling cedar fence posts with a draw knife. I think my Dad paid 5 cents a post. My brother and I also picked up pop bottles out of the ditch…they were worth a penny or two at the grocery store.
Later years I was part of a Christmas Tree Trimming Crew. I went up and down the rows with a clipper shaping the trees into their Christmas Tree form…and lopping off the central leader. It was a buggy hot job…at the end of a row…some rows were a half mile long you got a drink of water. On really hot days they handed out salt tablets. We sat in the shade of the truck to eat our lunch. We usually worked from 8 to 2 or 7 to 1 if it was going to be a really warm day. There was a crew boss who had a machete and he would come along and whack what you missed…if the trees were quite tall he would do the central leader for you. I can still hear that machete whirring through the air…oh and the blisters you would get on your hands! Eventually the blisters would turn to callouses but until then they were painful. Gloves were not much help…other than to get brown fuzz in your blisters after they popped.
I did some babysitting, my younger brothers and sister prepared me well for those occasional jobs.
For a few weeks I was the cook and waitress at a local restaurant…talk about scary I was not much of a cook…and my waitress skills were lacking. It was a nightmare job. I cannot quite remember what happened…I think they found a better cook.
The summer before I was a Senior in High School I went to work for Far Guys Parents…more about that exciting time in my life later.
Noah likes his summer job. He says he likes to wear scrubs because they are comfortable.
By the way his mother tells me that he is 6’1” and still growing.