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

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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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You’re at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You’re probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you’re calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you’re walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You’re convinced you’re ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You’ve already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you’re an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school’s name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I’m telling you right now, you’re going to miss it all. Everything you’ve ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald’s hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you’ve seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You’re going to miss them more than anything. I’m telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You’ve got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life; it’s truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it’s the little things you’re gonna miss the most. Don’t take it for granted because soon, you’ll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You’ve got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You’re going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won’t.


So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You’ve got this.
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5 Things My Mom And Dad Taught Me Without Realizing

What they didn't realize was all the little things they were teaching us in between.

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Parents always have lessons that they teach you as you grow up. Remember your manners, say "Yes, ma'am" and "Yes, sir," no elbows on the table during dinner, etc. But what they didn't realize was all the little things they were teaching us in between.

1. Be the bigger person.

There were many times that I would come home from school and just cry because of all of the drama that was going on at school. My parents would constantly remind me to take the high road and be the bigger person, that the more I get upset about it and dwell on it, the more it feeds the drama.

2. If you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all.

I think this is something that everyone's parents teach them, however, I think some people forget about it as they get older. My parents always reminded me that harsh language does nothing but hurt other people. Speak joy.

3. Always tell the people you love, how much you love them, as often as possible.

Before you hang up the phone, before you leave the house, before you go to bed, always say I love you. You never know when something could happen, and you never want to miss an opportunity to tell someone how much you love them.

4. Never go to bed angry.

Going to be angry just intensifies the anger. When you're angry, just dwell on the anger making whatever altercation there was seem worse than it really is.

5. In the end, Mama knows best.

My mom knows me better than anyone I know. Whatever decision I make, she can usually predict how it's going to go. So far, she hasn't been wrong.

I'm super thankful for my parents and everything they've taught me. I'm almost 20 years old and my parents are my best friends.

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