By andria perry
January 11, 2019 10:54am CST
I could go into my life story but I won`t and just hit on a few high points. Being responsible for yourself is something we all have to do, you cannot depend on anyone but yourself. My dad raised 2 girls on less than $500 a month and paid rent, when we asked for "things" he told us to get a job, so yes at age 13 I worked, baby sitting or doing yard work or cleaning someones house, at age 16 I worded a full time job as a cashier. At age 16 I began to pay my part of rent, lights, water and heat and that was 1/3. Growing up my dad made sure we got clothes for school each year, a roof over our heads, food we cooked, a warm house in the winter and a t.v. to watch, even cable. What he taught me : You are responsible for your actions, whether you use words or fists. You are responsible for your upkeep, don`t be a bum. You don`t have a car, walk. You don`t have a job, get one. You don`t have food, grow it. if its wintertime? Beans and potatoes last a long time and do not cost no more than the pack of cigarettes I smoked. I had a wonderful childhood, It was not all work, but we were responsible girls. There were times I did fail and had to move back home for a month or so, but I went back to the same things, I paid my part. Nowadays I see parents now allowing their children to go to work till they finish college! Not even an after school job. So, what is my point? Most people think they are doing without but they are not. Some freak out about no wifi and no source to watch t.v. Some freak out because they cannot go shopping for more junk to fill their already packed full home. Some freak out because they do not have a car and would NEVER lower themselves to walk to the store or to work. Doing without is not having any income and you are in a wheelchair and cannot go to work. Oh wait! I know people that do work that are in wheel chairs. Be responsible for your life and God will bless you. This was brought to you by an old woman on her first cup of coffee with her hair not even brushed in her night gown and bath robe, LOL to much info? To late you read it already.
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• United States
I worked much younger there.Sold newspapers ,when I was a young pup Saved enough money to buy a sweater and kept on working Always works time was very hard for my family.Nice children during the Great Depression Years and no fun I work more than I play.
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I grew up during the post-war period in Germany. There was nothing to be had to spoil me with. The good thing was that my friends and classmates lived in the same conditions. 'Labels' to show off with weren't invented yet. For this I'll be eternally grateful. When I hear that young people nowadays name 'shopping' as a hobby (I heard that from my pupils), I could shake them! But I know, of course, that I should shake their parents.
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• United States
in a way i also feel sorry for the kids nowadays. in california a lot of jobs are being lost in retail and fast food with self check outs and ordering kiosk. even field work is disappearing with machines now being used more often, for example, to pick lettuce and pack then ship- straight from the field , no more warehouses .
• United States
I baby sat as soon as I was able. Mom and dad did not want us to work "real jobs" until we were older. Babysitting was real enough.I have almost always had one or even two jobs since I am an adult. Not in my first marriage, it hurt my husband's pride, until I started driving bus. I am going crazy now not having a "real job", but only earning online. My real job right now is keeping track of what Bob needs, but money would be nice as well.
• Marion, Ohio
TOO much info. We had about the same as you except we worked mostly at home. Most things were to far to walk to in a reasonable amount of time. Helping with the gardening and animals. I had a pony growing up but once I was big enough my rump had to be in the hay field each summer. By big enough I mean at first driving the truck which I had to sit on something to get me high enough to see. Later tossing bales on the wagon that dad finally bought. I was the one that baby sat my brother and sister during the summer also while Mom and Dad worked.
• Thomasville, Georgia
LOL, frizzy hair and goo in your eyes I love you so much. Hugs!!! Well said as always. Times sure have changed. It seems we learned to work from an early age, kids today have a hard time with that concept but for us it seemed just plain self evident. Makes me wonder what the kids today, what their kids will be like.