Remediating My Work: My Babysitting Business

Full Script

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to look after someone who is much younger than you or possibly not related at all? Babysitting is one of those jobs that can be either cute or annoying depending on how tough the individual you have to watch really is. My name is Devonte Griffith and I’m about to tell all about the experiences of being a competent babysitting and how to be a great one in general.

The interesting things that I do for my babysitting job includes various things that several of you may enjoy if you do so during your babysitting. Looking over children is an great experience because it gives you some insight as to how a child develops him learning skills and what interesting things he or she would do. It also gives you that nostalgia of when you used to be that young and curious when growing up. Another thing would be watching TV with the child to make sure that he doesn’t watch any programs that doesn’t have get entertainment value, lacks educational value, or too inappropriate for him. It would a be a pleasant experience since it is one of the few times where the child wouldn’t be moving around too much. When it comes to food, you have to feed the child whatever his parents say is good for you to feed them, making sure he doesn’t eat anything that isn’t for him. You can easily play the role of the parent that keeps the child away from the dangers of junk food or alcoholic beverages. Making sure he doesn’t leave the house is highly recommended since there are times where they feel the need to leave the house, even if you’re entrusted to make sure he doesn’t escape. You do have to make the babysitting experience fantastic for the child by making him feel comfortable with you. Telling a few jokes or playing games with him would be nice.

What makes babysitting babysitting so fun? Well, that’s a question that I’ll answer with a few highlights from my job. I had to gain my cousin Jaden’s trust when I was entrusted to watch over him one summer. There were times where he was so ignorant that he whines over not getting his way or cry if I can’t let him eat any Twinkies. I would usually do a few funny faces while laughing to get his attention, he considers that very entertaining. Another resort would be to let him in on a few jokes, preferably knock-knock ones. Another interesting thing was when poor Jaden had tripped on the floor and skinned his knee. Due to my parental instincts, I knew that this was something serious that needed to be dealt with. I would pick him up and take him to the bathroom upstairs for the first aid. Then, I added a drop of rubbing alcohol on a band-aid and place it on his scar. Sure it did make him scream a little louder, but I calmly told him that it is needed to make the scar heal and be germ-free. The last interesting thing I’ve done with him was introducing him to video gaming. He held my 3DS as I’ve taught him the control for having fun in Mario kart 7, one of the most accessible casual games out there. He liked playing with Mario a lot due to his older siblings’ love of him and his great controls.

Now to tell about the few important things that I have learned when babysitting. One of them was that babysitting is the first step towards parenthood, as I’ve implied from the introduction. After seeing my parents in love, I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like being a parent and had acknowledged how well they had taken cared of my siblings and me. Babysitting is exactly like being a parent except the person you are responsible for isn’t you offspring, yet needs to be treated like one. Though, it’s pretty basic without the stress of working a job, having to drive the child around, or paying the necessary bills to conserve the house. During my babysitting time with Jaden, I’ve learned that teaching children new things can be pretty interesting. Just watching them learn how to play a new game or learning educational things from the shows they watch may peak your interests at any value. Like when I’ve taught him how to play Mario Kart 7 was something that he’s eventually remember for the rest of his life since I was patience enough to introduce him to something new. I’ve always want to reminded of the times I learned something new due to the guidance of my parents, hence how I’d fulfill the same role with my cousin Jaden. To conclude this, babysitting a child can make him smile and make you a better person. That means that you must be a very positive person if you think you have what it takes to be a babysitter.

Storyboard

Song (“Katsushika Rhapsody”)
Panel: (“My Baby Sitting Business by Devonte Griffith”)
Song fades; narration begins.
Image fades in; image zooms:

Narration: “Have you ever wondered what it’s like to look after someone who is much younger than you or possibly not related at all? Babysitting is one of those jobs that can be either cute or annoying depending on how tough the individual you have to watch really is. My name is Devonte Griffith and I’m about to tell all about the experiences of being a competent babysitting and how to be a great one in general.”

• Image fades out; music rises; music falls.

Typical Day
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• Narration Begins: “The interesting things that I do for my babysitting job includes various things that several of you may enjoy if you do so during your babysitting. Looking over children is an great experience because it gives you some insight as to how a child develops him learning skills and what interesting things he or she would do.”
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Narration continues without break: “It also gives you that nostalgia of when you used to be that young and curious when growing up. Another thing would be watching TV with the child to make sure that he doesn’t watch any programs that doesn’t have get entertainment value, lacks educational value, or too inappropriate for him. It would a be a pleasant experience since it is one of the few times where the child wouldn’t be moving around too much. When it comes to food, you have to feed the child whatever his parents say is good for you to feed them, making sure he doesn’t eat anything that isn’t for him.”

• Image: happy-family-on-the-floor

 

Narration continues without break: “You can easily play the role of the parent that keeps the child away from the dangers of junk food or alcoholic beverages. Making sure he doesn’t leave the house is highly recommended since there are times where they feel the need to leave the house, even if you’re entrusted to make sure he doesn’t escape. You do have to make the babysitting experience fantastic for the child by making him feel comfortable with you. Telling a few jokes or playing games with him would be nice.”

Interesting Events
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•Narration Begins: “What makes babysitting babysitting so fun? Well, that’s a question that I’ll answer with a few highlights from my job. I had to gain my cousin Jaden’s trust when I was entrusted to watch over him one summer.”

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•Narration continues without break: “There were times where he was so ignorant that he whines over not getting his way or cry if I can’t let him eat any Twinkies. I would usually do a few funny faces while laughing to get his attention, he considers that very entertaining. Another resort would be to let him in on a few jokes, preferably knock-knock ones.”

• Image: Band aid baby

Narration continues without break: “Another interesting thing was when poor Jaden had tripped on the floor and skinned his knee. Due to my parental instincts, I knew that this was something serious that needed to be dealt with. I would pick him up and take him to the bathroom upstairs for the first aid. Then, I added a drop of rubbing alcohol on a band-aid and place it on his scar. Sure it did make him scream a little louder, but I calmly told him that it is needed to make the scar heal and be germ-free. The last interesting thing I’ve done with him was introducing him to video gaming. He held my 3DS as I’ve taught him the control for having fun in Mario kart 7, one of the most accessible casual games out there. He liked playing with Mario a lot due to his older siblings’ love of him and his great controls.”

Reflection
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• Narration Begins: “Now to tell about the few important things that I have learned when babysitting. One of them was that babysitting is the first step towards parenthood, as I’ve implied from the introduction. After seeing my parents in love, I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like being a parent and had acknowledged how well they had taken cared of my siblings and me. Babysitting is exactly like being a parent except the person you are responsible for isn’t you offspring, yet needs to be treated like one. Though, it’s pretty basic without the stress of working a job, having to drive the child around, or paying the necessary ills to conserve the house.”

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• Narration continues without break: ” During my babysitting time with Jaden, I’ve learned that teaching children new things can be pretty interesting. Just watching them learn how to play a new game or learning educational things from the shows they watch may peak your interests at any value. Like when I’ve taught him how to play Mario Kart 7 was something that he’s eventually remember for the rest of his life since I was patience enough to introduce him to something new. I’ve always want to reminded of the times I learned something new due to the guidance of my parents, hence how I’d fulfill the same role with my cousin Jaden.”

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Narration continues without break: “To conclude this, babysitting a child can make him smile and make you a better person. That means that you must be a very positive person if you think you have what it takes to be a babysitter”

Inventory of Resources
The following is a list of resources that I’ve acquired that I might use for my “Remediating Your Work” assignment…

Pictures:
Babysitting Mama Official Artwork
Babysitting Like A Boss
Crying Twinkie
Baby Bandaid
Curious George
Seasame Street Gang
Happy Family
Happy Family 2
Villager
Smiling

Music:
Song: “Katsushika Rhapsody” by Yum! Yum! Orange

Video:
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Response to “Blood in the Gutter” and “The Six Steps” from McCloud’s Understanding Comics

In the inscription The Six Steps, McCloud outlines the path of six steps. The path of six steps are something to guide you while you are doing your work in life. Step 1 is the idea, which is impulses of the work that you’ve done in the past. Step 2 is the form, which is the appearance in which the description of your work will take. Step 3 is the idiom, which is the type of “genre” or style that your work is going by in any way, shape, or form. Step 4 is the structure, which is how the work is composed and putting everything that you have so far together in one mass. Step 5 is the craft, which is how you get the job done whether its applying skills, invention, problem solving, or practical knowledge to it. Step 6 is the surface, which is the results of adding all the finishing touches required to give your work the appearance it needs in order to be noticed. These are the 6 main steps that are needed to be followed in order to talk about or explain what your work is to others. A highly recommended method that’s required of us for this finale Writing and Rhetoric 1 for 2014 semester. McCloud latter talks about a concept known as the “Blood in the Gutter.” What that means is when a transition of ideas are done in a space (the gutter) to capture every moment from one frame to the other. In other words, you take two images and combine them together to form one idea to explain what happens. A good example is how comics would use a space with various frames, each one pertaining to a special idea. The comic panels fracture time and space in which makes a bunch of unrelated images connected, which feels more so when we get a mental image of the idea.

Who Am I?

What’s unique about the section “Where is that part that is ‘me’?” is that it takes the issue of Steven sees what goes on in his mind. First, it starts out explaining the issue in a serious manner, then it goes into a trans state where he asks a large amount of questions about the issue. Explains the issue very much about making jokes compulsively to impress students and that it would make him look unprofessional to his own students. Most the questions do involve his brain and how it runs his overall decisions in life. The use of music suits each situation depending on how serious it is.

What’s unique about the section “’The Story of Me” is that it takes the issue of thought surplus of living things in general. The first example talks about how a monkey would think of a female monkey’s red bottom in his brain. The guy thinks about how a different set of animals (canary, monkey, ect) think and that humans are different from them in terms of their thinking. The idea of yourself is that you pluck everything from your memories, good or bad, and extract it into a story. The use of serene music makes the theme so mystifying.

What’s unique about the section “’I haven’t been myself lately” is that it takes the issue of not knowing where yourself is and how we know that we aren’t being “yourself”. The protagonists tells a story about his dad and how they have immigrated into San Diego for a while. When his father died, he have felt that a part of himself died as well. He haven’t felt like himself ever since and dealt with the issue of loneliness. The use of sad music made things slightly more serious about the issue and he compares it to the need of nitroglycerin. He felt very vulnerable since he wanted to introduce his father to his children before he died.

 

 

You and Your Work Part II: Babysitting Cousin

My first known job was being a babysitter and it does reflect on my overall identity in a way that would make me a better person. Babysitting is one of the main jobs that are bound to get you a better sense of what to prepare for in the future, especially when it comes to raising a family or being around children period. You have to think of your client, the child you have to look after, as your own child. It teaches you the basics in terms of how difficult childcare is, how to be patient with the child, and how to make the child obey you without any abuse. Usually, I’m the one hired to look after my younger cousin (or cousins if it’s more of them involved) during the summer (after my third year of highs school) when my aunt is gone. Sometimes, I do have my other two siblings to help if both or one of them are involved. This is the closest thing to having you own child, but it’s for a short amount of time and you don’t necessarily have to take care of the house. It’s the perfect start to prepare you before hand since you don’t necessarily have to do so forever since the client can or cannot be related to you. I’m the type of guy who likes any type of work or to be responsible of anything possible. Overall, babysitting was the perfect job for me since it fulfills that deed very well. At first I really hated kids, but then I  had started to grow fond of them after my first round of baby sitting. Sure the process of keeping Jaden out of trouble was hard, but it was pretty fun getting to know him and interact with the curious boy. This is how the job had established my identity for the future ahead of me.

Many kids dream of being just like their parents: responsible hard working individuals who would look out for others. I’ve felt the same way at that time since I do want to contribute to society by being a responsible individual. Which is where my babysitting comes to play since that’s a great start. One of things you have to do is take care of your client as if its your own child. Usually, the older sibling is the one who’s in charge if the parents leave their children at home and he/she is in for something that would establish their identity later on. You can be concerned for what your clients do, but not rule with an iron fist or be too bossy. Doing the opposite would make your seem like a negative individual who doesn’t have the patience to be around everyone. When I do watch over my siblings, it prepares me for what I will be up against when I eventually become a babysitter. It makes me someone who’s knows that they will be responsible for someone in the future and accept that like an honorable man. A responsible individual needs to have the patience to withstand anything no matter how ridiculous it is. Sometimes babysitting Jaden can be a chore since he feels the need to not respect anyone who isn’t his parent or have his way when he needs to. I do understand that he’s my responsibility during that time and I need to do anything possible to make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. I do put a smile on my face to prove to him that I’m as responsible as his parents and that he needs to trust me while we are together. I grew more responsible afterwards since it makes me take anything serious without being to harsh or depressed.

One thing that many people have trouble with nowadays is patience, especially for those thinking about their future for themselves. Being a babysitter teaches you how to have more patience since its required to make sure you keep yourself in check and try not to upset the child. There are situations where Jaden would cry if he doesn’t get his way or hate you for not being his beloved parents. You have to understand that the child is young and you can’t be too hard on him since that’s his parent’s job. You can’t let him disobey you and being strict to an extent is what’s required to make sure the job is done right. I do entertain him in a good way to prove that I’m a good person and he can trust me while watching him. Jaden cries at certain times and I can treat it as nothing but a dog’s bark since I can be mad a child that acts his actual age. There are times when he would ask me for water and I would nonchalant give him a cup full. This is a taste of what it will be like being a parent since we (my siblings and I) are likely become parents in the near future. If you’re not patient enough to stand a crying child or look after him, then you aren’t worthy of being a married parent at all. Patience also comes to play when you watch something that isn’t for your age, but the child’s as well since you have to spend some time with him. Watching shows like Sesame Street or Arthur with Jaden isn’t that bad since I’ve grown up with these shows during my early childhood. My patience had risen after watching after the little guy and it was helpful at times now.

Lastly, babysitting teaches you how to care for others. One of the main things that has to be done when it comes to kids is to show that you care for them. You can express that you like being around them by playing a few games, not being abusive, and treating the child as if he/she were your own. I was thought to love anyone in my family no matter how spoiled or flawed they are when it comes to being around them. I do give Jaden the food he likes, while not giving him what my aunt told me not to give him. When he hurts himself, I do take him to his room and give him the first aid needed to cheer him up. I do warn him to not touch certain things that were frail enough to fall onto him if careless. Everything that I do on this job with my siblings basically sums up what it’s like being a parent that has to watching everything a child does and take care of him/her. That’s basically how my parents sometimes feel when when taking care of us in our early childhood age. Then, they would eventually grow attached to us as we grow and become adults up to this day. Even my dad did babysit someone when he was younger before meeting my mom in the past. Being in a family means that we have to be concerned for each other whether we want to or not. Babysitting helps me establish that part of me more since I have to get used to the idea of being around younger kids. Especially when I may consider having them in the far future.  Being around him was great since it taught me that valuable lesson at that time.

Babysitting is one of the most popular jobs for young adults for a great reason as I’ve learned since that experience. It makes you a parent, but without the worry of paying bills or driving around with the children. I used to hate babies when I was in my early elementary school, years and thought that being a parent isn’t meant for me. Babysitting Jaden with my siblings during my mid-high school years was a real treat to change that viewpoint. I learned that guiding the child you look after and learning to know his personality gives you a great idea of how parenting would turn out during your middle age years. I became of more patient person that could deal with anyone’s issues, helped out certain relatives more at times, made the kids smile when they need to, and became a more likable guy to be around during my last few years of high school. This type of identity establishment would eventually prepare me for the college I’m in today and get used to their demanding schedules with no problem. I can tell there’s bright future ahead of me when I have the career I want and have the family I’d always imagined with these traits. I agreed to babysit from the start since I needed development in these areas to be a better person for the sake of myself and others. I actually had fun taking care of him a few times and never felt the need to complain even once when he had messed up. He loves me the most of my siblings and always look forward to seeing me when we have a family get-together. I know that these new qualities (having more patience, better sense of responsibility, and empathy for others) would eventually lead me to success in the future when it comes to raising a family and working for that family. This is overall how babysitting had established my identity back then and made me a better person for my future.

Response to Rose’s “Conclusion: Working Life”

One important Idea that Rose has about work is language and/or social communication are mutual for most jobs and give you a sense of intelligence when working. “With waitressing and styling hair, we saw occupations where language and communication are central to the work itself, help constitute it. In fact, the interpretive aspect of talk is critical: recall the number of verbal techniques (interwoven with graphics and gestures) that the stylist uses to come to an understanding of the client’s desire.” (pg. 202 Paragraph 2). It helps me think about my work since there are times when communing with your clients are mandatory to succeed with your own work. Many jobs ranging from doctors to teachers have to talk with their clients to help them out in the best way they can since that is one of the main requirements of that job. We are a social race and these jobs take advantage of that quality to make us work hard and prove how competent we are in life when it comes to your job. It also gives me an idea of what to say to anyone who asks me about my job and what do I normally say to them when it comes to my work. My first job was babysitting, a job where talking is highly important, which is something that’s pretty challenge for a guy like me. I not only have to watch over the child, but reason with him since he has to know what type of person you are when doing that job. You can tell him not to do something, answer any question he asks, play verbal games with him, and communicating in general. You have to do so for the sake of giving off vibes of a parental figure that he can listen to or like being around instead of a distant individual that avoids younger individuals. Overall, I have to write about every verbal and physical think about my work to go along with Rose’s rule of communication’s importance to work.

You and Your Work Part 1: Babysitting Cousin

  • What are the practices/processes/activities of my work? The practices of my work involves watching a child’s every move at all costs. I have to be a robin that would nurture and take care of her chicks as she sits in her nest 24/7. There things that I might have to do like feeding him, watching preschool shows with him, making sure he stays out of trouble, and keeping him away from the outside at all times. Personally, I don’t have the patience to deal with kids that whine if they don’t get their way or won’t obey any order that I give. It’s a tedious process that would leech my brain cells if I endure it every now and then. I put up with it because it prepares me for things like having a career and being a parent in the near future. Babysitting a kid is a great way of preparing you for such responsibilities, especially if a little one that can or cannot be related to you can test your intelligence. He can be your friend if you be nice to him like a father would to his son, but not give him too much freedom when he’s in your sight. It’s something that I chose to do since it’s the first step to adulthood and prepares you for something similar when you actually have a spouse.
  • What are the tools and places where I work? There aren’t really that many tools I need for this job, though there are a few honorable mentions for babysitting. Since Jaden is a really young child, I can play some games with him like flash cards or anything that he like to do. The TV remote is in my control, which means I dictate what’s appropriate for him and what his parents wouldn’t want him to watch. Watching preschool channels like Nick Jr. or Disney Clubhouse would be a good start if he’s that young. Since they are growing sprouts that can be damaged easily, I give them food that they would normally eat that isn’t too salty or sugary like junk food. If they beg for it, I hide so that he won’t be able to sneak a morsel of it in his mouth like a weasel would to a chicken egg. The place I where I work would obviously be wherever the subject lives, like my cousin Jaden would live in my aunt’s house for example. The house is huge with two floors, the bottom room having the kitchen and living room and the top having both the parents’ and kids’ rooms (where I watch TV with my cousin).
  • What are the products of my work? There really is no product for my work per se, but the child I take care of  for the period (Jaden) is considered the product. Children are like plants, in which you have to watch over them overtime and raise it the right way without any trouble. Taking on this metaphor, this plant belongs to someone else and she has entrusted you to take care of it while she’s gone. Like I would  do to anything I own, I make sure that he doesn’t get seriously hurt and keep my eyes on it as long as possible. I do feed him when he’s hungry like a gardener would to his plant, but not o the point of being overfed. I play with Jaden when he asks for it so that whole babysit won’t be too boring or if there’s nothing for him to watch. I’m not the type of guy who watch or play things that aren’t for my age, but I’d put up with it for the sake of getting the job done.  Even show that would think of their viewers as goldfish with low attention spans like Dora the Explorer wouldn’t bother me to the pint of insanity.
  • Who do I work for? Who consumes my work? Where does my work end up? My aunt Yvonne is the mother of Jaden, making her my client and consumer for this job. She’s a woman who’ is infamous for her tight working schedule and lack of time to keep him entertained when he wants to, which I where I come into play. She’s the one who hired me to take care of and watch over Jaden while she’s at work over the night. She consumes my work since since she wants someone for the job and will pay me if I get it right. Normally, I’m the determined man who would do things no matter how annoying or impossible it is unlike my more lazier siblings. I know what it’s like to watch over something since I have a few pets and would tend my mini garden in the past, which had prepared me for such a task. My work does end up gig ing me the responsibility and patience for any other job or career in the near future. Not to mention showing what it’s like to raise a child or family in general as an adult like most Americans would do. This is my work and I am proud to do it since it helps me become a more efficient worker and a possible parent for my future.

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.

Response to This American Life’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It”

Here’s why I got out of This American Life’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It”. Most astronauts that assign for the job do mini jobs like practice flights in a plane, gravitational tests, and tests based on astrology. The ones that do the best in the test results manage to get into space, which happens on rare occasions, or go home for not being astronaut material. John Hogman was dragged into a series of high profile Apple Computers commercial due to his embarrassing androgynous appearance. He was stressed out by his new found fame and gained weight throughout the course of his life, keeping himself hidden from the paparazzi at all costs. This is considered the downside of being famous or involved in medias that would eventually make you look bad.  Ed Ugel had a very unusual dream job that involved buying jackpots from lottery winners. When you win the lottery, your prize is often paid out in yearly installments and Ed would offer winners a lump sum in exchange for their yearly checks. He’s talked with thousands of lottery winners, and the vast majority, he says, wish they’d never won. Ed wrote a book about his years in the “lump sum industry” called Money for Nothing: One Man’s Journey Through the Dark Side of Lottery Millions. Sarah Vowell tells the story of a mapmaker named Charles Preuss who charted the Western Territories with two of American history’s legendary explorers—John Charles Fremont and Kit Carson. The maps Preuss made were best sellers and helped open the Western frontier to settlement. But, as he wrote in the diary he kept while in the wilderness, he hated pretty much every minute of the expedition due to how tedious it was. Reporter Douglas McGray interviews a college student in California with good grades, an excellent work ethic, but no possible way to get a legal job. She’s lived in the U.S. since she was little, but her parents are undocumented; and she is, too. She had really wanted to be a waitress, but felt that many people didn’t want to see her potential and rejected her from the job. This talks about how getting a job isn’t easy as it seems since they expect a lot from a high school/college student in terms of how efficient of a  worker they want you to be.

Response to Rose’s “The Working Life of a Waitress” and “Reflective Technique: Electrical Wiring and Construction”

On page 26 (third full paragraph), Rose explains that “the work required that she tolerate rude behavior and insults, smile when hurt or angry. Though she did not see herself as a servant, she was economically beholden of others, and, in some ways- particularity in public display-had to be emotionally subservient.” But in the same paragraph he also offers and abstract commentary or analysis of what he’s describing when he writes: “Yet, although she could certainly feel the sting of insult, my mother saw “meanness” and “ignorance” as part of the work, and that provided for her degree of emotional distance.”

Another example is on page 24 (second full paragraph), he explains that “Attention to detail .. keeping water glasses full, keeping extra stuff on the table, just the little things to make it a more pleasant sensory experience…” But in the same paragraph he also offers and abstract commentary or analysis of what he’s describing when he writes: “Memory, attention, the creation of service, and a waitress’s personal satisfactions are all of a piece in the busy restaurant.” This does make me think of the time when I had to babysit my cousins back in Rockford in the past.

I have to be in my aunt’s massive suburban house with my younger cousin with large TV in the parents’ room for him to watch, plenty of food for me and him to eat, and enough room for us to fit and sit on the bed to enjoy certain shows with him. He would have emotions ranging from anger to confusion to sadness when it comes to not getting his way or wanting to look for his mother. This is a test of patience to see if I can stand being around a younger individual and guide him without being too hard on him or lose patience overall, basically like preparation for being a parent. You have to meet the child’s needs without being too aggressive, give him as much attention as possible, be patient with him in terms of his pleas, watch whatever he wants that’s for his age without any complaints, and give him the type of food that’s good for him. That’s what it means to be a babysitter and you don’t necessarily have to love kids in order to do such a job/responsibility.