I found this A Word A Week Challenge browsing your websites. Workers, are they professional, blue-collar, amateurs learning a hobby? Are workers those who work outside or inside? Is work physical or mental, or both? Genesis tells us that six days God worked, and on the seventh day God rested. I’m sure his work involved a bit of thought and creativity as well as some pretty heavy lifting – even if He was just filling craters with water and microscopic creatures, and scattering a few stars and galaxies across the universe. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photograph to share with you of God, or my work here would be finished. Do workers have to get paid, or are many workers unpaid? Here are a few shots I have that show people working. Most of these workers are paid.
My most recent photograph, of course was taken when I took a Wildflower class and worked diligently to learn how to us a tripod, focus my camera manually, and sneak in a change in f stop or two. I got very tired that day. Here are two workers taking a break as the teacher energetically works on.
Most of the time Pam works in Mike’s Quality Camera store in Visalia. Her dad is retired, but started the successful retail business. At least two of his children work there along with several other dedicated photographers. They must work very hard because the store seems to be thriving. Their hard work involves pleasing people like me, and making sure that we are happy with our products so that we come back and buy from them and not go to a Best Buy or Costco for our expensive purchases.
This telephone lineman just happened to be climbing up a pole when I walked by without my camera. He was busy enough to wait until I ran home and got my camera to let me take his picture. One neighbor had complained of static on the phone line. I told him that we had static, too. He must have done something right because I haven’t heard it since he left.
The most delicious sandwiches in Tulare County come from Orange Works, a little restaurant east of Visalia and north of Porterville on Hwy 65. This cheerful worker may be the daughter of one of the owners.
This operation was putting a new heating unit on our roof. Dangerous business, if you ask me.
It took three men to remove the old unit and install the new one, two air conditioner installers, and a crane operator. How do you think these three men are stratified, or are they, and why?
These guys work at a nearby nursery. This tree was much too big for us to carry home in the pick-up! I used to work in the nursery of our church. I think I worked harder!
You’ve seen this orange picker before. He can’t see the orange grove for the trees.
Grape workers pack efficiently in the shade of a make-shift structure on a beautiful fall day. Who has the better work? The picker, the packer or the driver? That is the big question really. Workers stratify themselves. My guess is that this driver thinks he has the better job. For one thing, there are more pickers than drivers, so the driver might feel elite. The driver sits rather than stands. oooooh He looks over them and is idle while they work, but they don’t watch him while he’s doing all his work. They may see him work sometimes, but some of his work is invisible to them. He gets to use expensive equipment. My guess is that he is better paid, and by that criterion has the “better” work, but is it? And to go even deeper, is he the better worker? hmmm
Finally, Rick Rossiter makes all his own toys and props to tell each story. He memorizes the stories, and goes from school to school telling the stories he memorized that year. Each year his theme changes. You might say he is the court jester of modern days. Is he working?
Social studies teachers, wouldn’t this be a great assignment for your students to do?
Who is the better worker? Do you think it is the one who works harder with his hands or his brain, or the one who uses both? Or does salary determine who the better worker is? Justify your answer with logical reasoning using examples.
Are people stratified where you work? What makes the strata? (strata plural of stratum – I wanted to add an s) In this grouping of mine, who do you think has the “better” work, and why? Ok besides God! Come on – you knew I wasn’t going to fall for that easy answer, didn’t you?