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9 Things you know to be true if you delivered Newspapers as a kid

You know your mom loves you when she says she will drive you around the neighborhood

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Newspapers may seem obsolete in this day in age, but for decades, that is how people started their day. They got the paper and headed to work. In the movies, you see men dressed in business suits buying the paper on the street and walking to work. In suburbia and rural towns, it is often found on your porch step. How do they get on your porch? Paper boys and girls ride on their bike through the neighborhoods and throw them to their customers. To those lucky few who spent their afternoons after school delivering papers, you know these things to be true.

1. After rolling the papers, your hands always ended up black

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You get into a groove of rolling the papers and by the time that you are done rolling 30-50 papers, your hands are black from the ink. When you wash your hands, the black is gone from the hands.

2. Delivering in the winter is the worst

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I was a paper girl in the Midwest. So in the dead of winter, it got really cold. So cold, my mom got me a ski mask for Christmas to wear so that my face would not freeze from the sub-zero wind. When it snowed, I would have to walk in my snow suit, boots and bundle up so I could survive the 30 minute walk.

3. It's a blessing when your mom says she will drive your route

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When it is snowing or raining or you're running late to delivering, you know your mom loves you when she says she will drive you around the neighborhood instead of you walking or biking. It always goes quicker and you stay dry/warm.

4. Waking up early to deliver the papers on Saturday mornings

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Now whether you are a morning person or not, it's always a struggle to find yourself getting up early on a Saturday morning to do your job. I had to deliver my papers by 8 a.m. on Saturdays. So it would take me 10 minutes to roll the papers and 30 to deliver them so I had to get up at least an hour early to deliver on time.

5. Christmas time is the best

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Occasionally throughout the year, I would get tips. Christmas time (or just holiday time in general) is always the best because I would get the most tips then! Your customers will take the time to give you tips that show their appreciation for you. When you are a 12-year-old, getting 150 dollars during the month of December is the best gift you can ask for.

6. Black Friday Ads make the papers 10 times heavier

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Before the Christmastime tips, you have to deal with Black Friday. I always got holidays off, but the day after Thanksgiving was the worst because of the all the adds. The papers were so hard to roll because the papers were so thick. Not to mention carrying your bag made a small little girls shoulder hurt and make it really hard for her to ride her bike with it.

7. The paper route was probably your very first job

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In my 6th-grade language arts class, I talked to my teacher about how I get a paycheck every week for delivering papers in my neighborhood. She was so impressed and thought it taught me lots of responsibility. And she was right. I learned how to manage my time and talk to adults. I found myself stopping to talk to my customers about the weather or our own lives or just about the neighborhood. I learned great customer service skills and they still remember me because of it.

8. When trying to get another job, many people don't consider a paper route a "real job"

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I applied to 20 different jobs after I quit my paper route. When asked if I had a job before, I said I was a paper girl. Many managers believed that it wasn't a "real" job. I made a wage, I worked 6 days a week, and I had a supervisor. It was the closest thing to a real job for a middle schooler.

9. You had to patch your paper bag at least two times

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Maybe not every paper girl or boy had to deal with their paper bags, but my bag was cloth and ripped twice. I had to patch it just so it could break again. My bag would rub up against my bike tire making it wear and rip more.

Whether you dealt with some of these problems or dealt with more problems than what is on this list, being a paper carrier was a lot of work, but it's something we can look back and say we were the unique individuals that could. My dad was a paperboy and I was a paper girl. I have that bond with my father because of it. So to those former and present paper carriers, be proud of your title and have fun while doing it.

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Having supportive parents is one of the best things that ever happened to me.

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When I tell people that I am the baby of my family, there is always a follow-up question asking if I am spoiled. As I was a child, perhaps the situation was a little different because I did not receive material things but instead got my way or rarely was punished. I was most likely spoiled rotten in that sense, especially by my grandparents. Fast forward to the age of 19 and I can say that my parents give me everything that I need, not necessarily everything that I want.

But I still don't think I'm spoiled.

I might legally be an adult, but my parents still provide for me. I may live at school during the semester, but my parents don't charge me rent or utilities when I am at home. My mom still does my laundry. They pay my phone bill monthly. When my mom goes grocery shopping, she doesn't have me chip in to help. She will make sure the bathroom is stocked with tampons or shampoo so I don't have to worry about it. The both of them make sure I have the sufficient needs to not be hungry, cold, or without shelter.

They do all of these things because they want what is best for me.

While they pay my student loans, I give them money to cover it as well as a little extra each month for different expenses. If we go out to eat, I do offer to pay but often get shut down and end up leaving the tip instead. I help around the house and sometimes make trips to the store for food or cleaning supplies, not asking for money to be paid back.

I have a job that gives me decent hours, but my parents understand that money for a college kid is tough.

I pay for my own luxuries such as makeup, cute clothes, even to get my hair cut. Spoiled is typically defined as "damaged by having been given everything they want." Do I want another dog? Yes. Do I have one? No. Do I want a swimming pool in my backyard? Yes. Do I have one? Again, no. That is because both my mother and father still believe in working for what you want and even their daughter doesn't get a free pass unless it's her birthday or Christmas. Do I still have everything I could ever need? Yes.

My parents do the exact same thing for my brother and sister who are older than I am.

I know if I have a problem, whether it be financial or crucial, I can turn to them for help. A lot of people my age don't have parents like I do and I am extremely grateful for them and everything that they do. Thanks, Mom and Dad.

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8 Reasons I, A Late 90’s Kid, Am So Thankful NOT To Be A Middle Schooler In 2019

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Watching middle schoolers in 2019 makes me so thankful I grew up in a time without Instagram and Tik Tok. I enjoyed my ugly, awkward, and braces filled middle school years.

1. No Instagram 

Gmail buzz was the biggest of my worries. I would come home and listen to 107.5 The River on my radio while taking selfies on photo booth (that never left my computer). I am so thankful I didn’t have to deal with posting selfies and looking up to Instagram models.

2. I was allowed to be ugly

I have not seen an ugly middle schooler in 2019. We all have our bad middle school photos full of peace signs and leggings under skirts. I’m thankful I have those photos to look back and laugh at.

3. Designer clothes weren’t a thing

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4. Disney Channel

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5. Jeans and dresses were cool

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6. Flip phones with keyboards

Verizon Envy. Pantech Impact. Razor. Chocolate. iPhones have nothing on the sound of clicking as you and your friends sit on the couch and talk about cute boys.

7. Platform flip flops instead of wedges

Juicy platform wedges with a bow. Absolutely stunning. Paired well with gauchos and a skin-tight tee. Easily the hottest outfit. Thank goodness we didn't have to break our ankles in flat form wedges.

8. After school we played outside

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