Response to Terkel’s Working

One worker from Terkel’s Working that talk about his work in ways that most resemble my own work was Nick Salerno because how he describes being a garbageman is like my job as a baby sitter. “Some days it’s real nice. Other days, when you get off that truck you’re tired, that’s it! You say all you do is drive all day, but driving can be pretty tiresome–especially when the kids are out of school. They’ll run through a gangway into the alley. This is what you have to watch for.” (Pg. 103 Paragraph 5) When he describes how tedious it it when driving around in a truck all day and looking out for obstacles around him it, it reminds of how babysitting is in general. Not only you have to look out for everything that the kid you have to watch do, but it grows tiresome the more you have to do it because of how repetitive a child’s disobedience is.  Another worker from Terkel’s Working that talk about his work in ways that most resemble my own work was Roy Schmidt because how he describes being a grocery box boy is as tiresome as being a babysitter. “You’d go up and say, “Jim, can I have a break?” He’d say, “A break? You want a break? Make it a quick one, nine and a half minutes.” Ha ha ha. One time I asked the assistant manager, Henry. He was even older than Jim. “00 you think I can have a break?” He’d say, “You got a break when you were hired.” Ha ha ha. Even when they joked it was a put-down.” (Pg. 281 Paragraph 5) When you have to collect boxes for a supermarket, you have to organize them for hours due to large amount of products in stock for sales, which means the chances of having a break during work is low. When I babysit someone, I have to be with him/her at all times and not leave the house since it’s my responsibility to make sure that the child does cause trouble in the house.

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