From The Storyteller
Hello All: Some insight as to what prepared me for the career choices I've made. Enjoy. Doug
“Don’t forget to take out the garbage before you leave for school”. My dad to me every Wednesday morning from the 7th grade on. For that task I was given a quarter. Summers had me pushing the lawn mower, fall had me raking leaves and winter had me shoveling snow. With three sisters and parents, who didn’t believe in the concept of “allowance”, the chores were my path to earned income. Which, as you can imagine, caused me to long for the days when I would be old enough to never do them again.
Note: Prior to writing this I had just taken out the trash and did not receive a quarter (although the kiss and thank you from Elaine was much better).
Which brings me to how “chores” have been a part of my life since the 7th grade. At first, I considered them some type of never-ending evil that came to us by reason of our very existence. Laundromats, grocery stores, gas stations and taking care of the yard never went away. Over time that negative feeling morphed into a feeling of acceptance that these tasks were simply part of everyday life.
Which naturally caused me to consider the theological question of “Will there still be chores in heaven?” Questions like whether the white robes will need washing, will we be cooking for ourselves and if not who will be doing the dishes, and who takes out the garbage, are just a few of my many, unanswered questions about heavenly “chores”.
Which leads me to realize that when I entered the 7th grade my father began preparing me for my eventual career, because only a United Methodist preacher could come up with questions like this.
Moral: Preparing for your eventual career can start early.