Word a Week Challenge: Worker

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.


TAH 2012
Tulare County history teachers earning a small stipend to learn more about their subject and how to teach it.


Central Valley Kiwanis Clubs join together to work the World Ag Expo.
Central Valley Kiwanis Clubs join together to work the World Ag Expo for provide scholarships and other help to Valley students.

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.

Photography teacher, retail camera shop
Photography teacher, retail camera shop

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.

ATT telephone lineman
ATT telephone lineman  The woodpeckers have been hard at work making holes in the lines.

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.

Waitress at Orange Works
Waitress at Orange Works

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?

It takes two nursery workers to take this baby out of the bed!
It takes two nursery workers to take this baby out of the bed!

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!

He carries his equipment on his back.
He carries his equipment on his back.

You’ve seen this orange picker before.  He can’t see the orange grove for the trees.

a woman worker packing table grapes
a woman worker packing table grapes

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

Who has the better work?  The picker, the packer or the driver?
Somebody has to drive the trucks that get goods and materials places.


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?

Rick Rossiter, telling stories to second graders
Rick Rossiter, telling stories to second graders

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?


Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. In November, 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

19 thoughts on “Word a Week Challenge: Worker”

  1. I work alone, and I am the boss, so I am the top dog making all the money and working the hardest – or not. 😉 But I can certainly see where you are going here. Nice pictures and very interesting. I was most interested in that heavy furnace unit going on your roof. That was new to me.


        1. And clothes! Or wings! The birds sing while they dance, and they peck holes in the poles. Pole dancing by itself is pretty boring, I think, for a bird. But give the pole a peck or two and pack in an acorn… now you’ve got something! 🙂


          1. I remember seeing a whole pine forest near Julian CA when I stayed there full of acorn stuffed holes and the racket of the woodpeckers in the distance. You just brought back memories 😀


        1. They work hard, for sure. Did you ever see the little kid’s drawing of her mother and s pole? I can’t remember what it was supposed to be, but the mother was horrified. Kindergarten! Kids tell all! And not all of it is true!


  2. The thing is all workers are needed, if we had no plumbers who would fix our waterleaks, with no orange pickers we would have to pick them ourselves. Every worker what ever they do has a valued and important job. We should be proud of the jobs we do as it does help pther in the community/world. Money wise, some people have studied and have more knowledge to do their job, so they earn more money. A pilot should for example should earn more money than me as he has a lot more responsibility, than I do. Makes me think this post!


    1. You just made my day! I totally agree with you, as well. In the case of my post, the men operating equipment – especially the crane, I’m sure made more money. Though, that doesn’t always hold true. Vince would like to be one of those folks who wins the lottery. 🙂 On the other hand, I have enough math training to know the odds are against it! 🙂


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