Off the Clock and Free?

| April 07, 2005

I am a truck driver, 13 years. Prior to that I was an office worker, waitress, window cleaner, house cleaner, maid, typist, sales proofreader, babysitter and on and on. I do not have a degree. I received my GED in 1966. I have taken three college courses. I read voraciously and respect education. I will probably retire when I draw my last breath.
There are multiple millions of people like me in this country.

I taught my son to labor and always keep another trade in his back pocket. Get extra training and classes when he could. Always look ahead. Develop a good work ethic, a day’s work for a day’s pay.

I try to teach by example. Not being perfect by any means, taking the worst in my life, reshape it and attempt to create better conditions for the next generation. Caring about the whole earth and all people and loving God.

I deserve respect. We all do. Labor is honest, honorable work.

Something I read once, “Work like you don’t need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody is watching.” Words of inspiration to me.

My best to all who labor!

Bonita Roper
Victorville, Calif.

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