"Mom" she replied, "yes daughter;"
"what was it like working back in the nineteen forties?"
"Oh child we didnít have all that you all have today.
All of the modern conveniences you all have today, makes
it easy. When I was very young my mother took sick with
a deadly disease. My oldest sister Queen and I would
have to get up way before day and make a fire for the
family. After we got the fire fixed in the stove we would
fix breakfast for our father, pack his lunch and get him
off to work. He would start out walking way before day;
his job was around six miles one way.
Then we would get our other
brothers and sisters ready for school, and around six
oíclock in the morning... raining or shining we would
start walking to work. My job was around three miles
one way. I remember some morning it was so cold. When I
would reach my job, I felt like I was frozen. Never
the less, we worked and worked hard, cleaning houses.
We didnít have the opportunity to
get an education, like you all have today. So because
of lack of skills, our jobs only paid us two dollars a
week. We would work all of the week and when we came
home on Friday we would give our father fifty cents of
There is no excuse not to do a good
job in these days, no excuse. Just think, you can go
right outside and turn on your car and turn on the heat,
and let it warm up before you even drive to work, or you
can walk right out to the nearest corner and catch the
So many times today we make excuses
for our poor performances. We place very little value on
time. If we are careless with time it will slip away.
It is important today to recognize the opportunities
that we have as Americans and value our jobs and the
wages we earn.
Your job may or may not be what you
want, but remember that there are many people that would
love to trade places with you. Work is an honor, not a
chore. Many have slept on the streets of our nation,
due to loss of employment. So before we complain think
how fortunate we are.
In our culture we
are able to go on jobs that have some kind of comfort.
Just look around. Iím sure you can find something and
understand that we as a people have excess whether
lavish, extravagant or just plain simple... Always remember: We
have a place that we can call work-and a place we
can go to called home."