Friday, July 24, 2009

Coral Tea Rose

Efforts bring roses, laziness nothing.  -Edgar Guest

coral tea rose

The man who wants a garden fair,

Or small or very big,

With flowers growing here and there,

Must bend his back and dig.

I’m finding that teaching a child that work is a necessary, unavoidable fact of life is a difficult thing to do.  My three grown children each have different views regarding work.  Now I’m trying to teach my grandsons about work and responsibility. 

Why do you think some people believe that the world owes them a living?  What about the satisfaction of a job well done?  Looking back on my own childhood (what little I can remember) it seems to me that I was not particularly helpful around the house or a very conscientious worker.  Maybe I was spoiled and I know my adjustment as an adult worker became more difficult because of that childhood indulgence.

Many of you are hard workers in your chosen career as well as in your home and I wonder what influenced your perception of work, or how you learned to be a hard worker.




Marilyn Miller said...

I have one grown child that doesn't want to work and the other did. Now I have wondered why that is so when they were raised in the same home and the same parents? I tend to work all the time and am trying to remind myself to play once in the while. I have always liked seeing the rewards of my work.

Duchess of Tea said...

Love your poems and quotes and even though I still think you are too young to be a grandmother, I see now that you a great one. Have a nice weekend parTea Gradma.
Duchess xx

Angela McRae said...

Beautiful rose! And it's funny this question about work should come on the week when I *definitely* work harder than I do all the rest of the year! I left the office at 8 p.m. this Friday night, and my fearless co-worker was still there! I think we both just have this belief that the work *must* get done, no excuses. We have never missed a deadline and I hope we never will.

Well, I've rambled on a bit (surprise), but I should add that I have *very* hardworking parents, even at 68 and 70, so I have a lot to live up to. I always knew slackers weren't respected and would never get ahead in life, so I determined not to be one. I think the good examples affected me as much as anything!

Linda J. said...

Beautiful rose!

I wish I had the answer to your quesiton. Our two children are very different in their attitudes about work and responsibilities.

Southern Touch Catering said...

I have been blessed by having 2hardworkng parents who instilled in us all the importance of honest hard work. We were pretty poor growing up and I went to work at the age of 13 with my mom after my parents divorced. (they have since remarried) I worked at the Waffle House at age 13 and worked the night shift 9:00 pm - 7:00 am, came home showered and went to school. My mom kept most of the tips and money I made. It was hard at times, but it didn't last too long, but enough to remember to respect all people in all jobs and that honest work never hurt anyone but makes you appreciate everything a lot more. I am blessed with 3 daughters who have the same work ethics as well.

Anonymous said...

My mom worked, at one point, 3 jobs to support her three kids -- my grandma raised us. I swore I would never, ever work as hard as she did, and that I would enjoy my life. And then I had my daughter... and now I, too, understand that everything a parent does is for their child, and that there are no sick days or vacations in parenthood.

My mom is my hero. I had no idea how tired she was until my kid was born.

Sonalida said...

I learned to be a hard worker by working hard, after a while I got used to it and now it's easy. Enjoyed visiting your blog.

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