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

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

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


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

  • 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 ….

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


      i totally agree.

  • 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.

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


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

  • 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.

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


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

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

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

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


      it’s so true. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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

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


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

  • 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.



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


      sad, but true.

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

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

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


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

  • 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!

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


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

  • 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!

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


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

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

    Better do as he’s told methinks!

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


      i second the mention. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    There is nothing like youthful enthusiasm.

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


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

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

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

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


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

  • 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

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


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

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

    I do remember this from my summer work too…

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


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


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