A Lesson Learned

November 20, 2019 at 1:25 pm 30 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 22 November 2019

 J. Hardy Carroll
Photo Credit: J. Hardy Carroll

 
Wanting to earn extra cash, Tommy applied for a summer job at the UPS storage facility.

“You’re hired,” the supervisor said, looking at his well-toned physique. “We really need some heavy lifting here.โ€

Growing up in the farm, Tommy knew the value of hard work. Needess to say, he attended to his duties like a man on fire. It didn’t go unnoticed from his co-workers who viewed his dedication with amusement.

“Take it easy, kid,” one of the old-timers whispered to him. “You make us look bad. You’re only here for the summer while we’re in for the long haul.”

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30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. msjadeli  |  November 20, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    It’s very true, nobody but management likes a workaholic.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:32 am

      msjadeli:

      you hit it right on the head. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Na'ama Yehuda  |  November 20, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    He should heed their advice. … Doing an honest work doesn’t have to mean showing others to be poor workers in comparison ….

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:31 am

      naโ€™ama:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 5. granonine  |  November 20, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    That’s a tough position for a strong, hard-working, perhaps idealistic young man. Work, but not hard enough to make others look bad. Huh.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:31 am

      linda:

      he still has a lot of growing up to do including learning to curb his enthusiasm a bit.

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  November 21, 2019 at 12:16 am

    I hope he does get out after a summer, I worry this may be the only future he has.

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:30 am

      iain:

      it would likely be his saving grace. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 9. draliman  |  November 21, 2019 at 12:18 am

    A common complaint from regular staff when an enthusiastic summer jobber turns up!

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:29 am

      draliman:

      it’s so true. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 11. Susan A Eames  |  November 21, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Ever it was that the young ‘show up’ the old with their strength and enthusiasm. Nicely done!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:35 am

      susan:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 13. rochellewisoff  |  November 21, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Good for Tommy. It seems he has something the old timers don’t–work ethic. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 14. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:28 am

      rochelle:

      sad, but true.

      Reply
  • 15. Liz Young  |  November 21, 2019 at 5:26 am

    He should heed their advice if he wants to remain popular in town.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  November 21, 2019 at 8:26 am

      liz:

      he better else he’s history. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 17. Brenda's Thoughts  |  November 21, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    The long-termers do have a point, they are in it for the long haul. Hope he finds a job where his hard work is appreciated. Nice story!

    Reply
    • 18. plaridel  |  November 23, 2019 at 8:38 am

      brenda:

      learning to be a team player will help in the long run. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 19. Dale  |  November 21, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    It’s so funny as my brother-in-law was told EXACTLY the same thing on his first summer job!! Plus, they were all unionized so, they couldn’t have some upstart coming in and ruining things…
    Well done!

    Reply
    • 20. plaridel  |  November 23, 2019 at 8:35 am

      dale:

      yes, better not to stick out and be hammered down like a nail. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 21. Keith's Ramblings  |  November 22, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Better do as he’s told methinks!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  November 23, 2019 at 8:35 am

      keith:

      i second the mention. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 23. James McEwan  |  November 22, 2019 at 6:22 am

    There is nothing like youthful enthusiasm.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  November 23, 2019 at 8:35 am

      james:

      sadly, it’s one reason they’re sent to battle fighting old men’s war.

      Reply
  • 25. Tannille  |  November 22, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Haha, the kid is yet to learn about creating expectations and burn out.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  November 23, 2019 at 8:34 am

      tannille:

      with sound advice, he’s getting there. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  • 27. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  November 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    It’s a shame to have to do work at a lesser pace because the others couldn’t keep up. I think he had a good work ethic.
    Isadora ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    • 28. plaridel  |  November 27, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      isadora:

      sadly, it happens in the workplace whether we like it or not.

      Reply
  • 29. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  November 24, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    I do remember this from my summer work too…

    Reply
    • 30. plaridel  |  November 27, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      bjรถrn:

      i guess it’s a common occurence. youthful idealism gets smothered in the bud.

      Reply

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