I was shocked to find that Devin had never been strawberry picking (I broke him in for apple picking too!!). My first job was picking berries at a you pick ’em farm. A lot of times, people would want berries already picked and so I would get a 5 AM call and my Mom would drive me over to the farm. I was an excellent employee for berry picking because I don’t loooove berries. I know, right?! Food texture issues.
One of the things that was most fun about the job was being able to throw the bad berries we picked at the other workers I went to church and high school with. Plus, being able to your iPod as a teenager while working is pretty ideal. All jokes aside, I really loved the job. I loved being able to think and I loved being able to see a very visible product of my work.
I have had other really random jobs like working in a candle factory one summer before transferring to BYU; it was literally the most physically tiring job I had; sometimes I actually wondered if my arms would fall off doing the same thing over and over every day. When you live in a county that has about 10,000 people and the county next to it has a college, it turns out summer jobs are kind of hard to find. I always carried my keys on a carabiner and one time one of the conveyor belt machines actually completely bent my car key into a 90 degree angle without me noticing.
In my first ESL job in a community setting, there was a teaching unit on jobs. I didn’t think anything about it, but I realized quickly that my students were embarrassed to tell me about their jobs. After I explained I had worked in a factory and at a farm, my students began opening up to me and telling me about their experiences. I never put these jobs on a resume, but I’m really grateful for these experiences now.
It looks like Devin and I need to go to some more festivals and farms this summer and fall though; I’m looking forward to it!