Today for lunch I was enjoying a couple of chicken egg rolls. For some reason as I was eating, I began to think about watermelon, I can’t say as I have ever eaten watermelon after eating egg rolls. My thinking sometimes gets a bit weird.
Thinking of watermelon led me to think about all the jobs I had before retiring and there were many. I can remember 17 and they are not all doing the same thing. Some I very much disliked and others I enjoyed.
My first job was running a candy stand with my sister. My sister and a friend from church is in the photo. The candy was given to us to sell by a friend of my mothers.
My second job was babysitting I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first started, but it was possibly 12 or 13 years old.
My third job was again with my sister. Our stepdad decided he wanted a watermelon stand. After it was built he left my sister and I to run the place.
We had fun selling whole watermelons to go and watermelon slices that people could take with them or if they chose to, they could sit at one of the tables and eat there at the stand. Our fun was short-lived we had not been there long before a tornado hit. We were scared and no one came to help us. Thankfully we were not injured, and the watermelon stand never opened again.
I learned a lot from all the places I worked, but I learned much more when I was a caregiver. Several years I worked for pay, thirty-six years I was a caregiver with no pay eighteen years for the state and eighteen years for family members.
Those years with no pay were amazing and so fulfilling, I knew I was where I was born to be. I worked alongside doctors, nurses, judges, politicians, other caregivers, social workers, attorneys, foster parents and many other people.
Now that I am retired and think back on the first eighteen of those years, I know I could not have done what I did alone. My dear husband was wonderful to help as were the older children. The second eighteen years were spent caring for my amazing, loving husband and some family members.
Most of all I know without a doubt what I always told people that asked how I could do what I was doing my answer was always “I am the feet and hands; Jesus does the rest.”
What is or has been your most enjoyable work?