Hay is an awesome agricultural product with lots of different uses. Getting the hay though? Not always so fun. Now, there are two different types of hay people in this world; round balers and sqaure balers. Round bales? Great for livestock and require a lot of machine work. Sqaure bales though? Easier to transport but are a little more old school and a require a little more hands on heavy lifting. And no matter how much you try to mentally prepare yourself, there was no quite a summer task for farm kids than baling hay. With hay season in full swing here in Central Ohio, here are just a few thought's we all had every year baling hay.
14. Oh hey dust and allergies, I don't need to see or breath or anything like that.
15. My arms ich.
16. Need. Water.
17. Are we done yet?
18. This field never seems that big til hay time.
19. Only ___ of laps to go, I'm totally fine.
20. Man, I just wanna take a cold shower and eat everything in the house.
21. I'm gonna sleep so good tonight.
22. If one more person tries to tell me how to do this I'm throwing them head first in the baler.
23. Need more water please, time out.
24. Alright, last wagon. I. Can. Do this.
25. Hallelujah, the end is in sight, God is good.
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Being the keeper of tiny humans can be a very interesting job. You are constantly breaking up arguments, cleaning up messes, trying to keep them safe, and telling them not to do things that are well, sometimes pretty weird. They do and say the strangest things that'll make you wonder what is really going on in their little heads.
1. "No no no, don't do *something crashes to the floor* ....that."
2. "Bubbles in your mouths every body!"
3. "No, we don't eat our friend's snack."
4. "Hands to yourself."
5. "Get off of the table before you hurt yourself."
6. "Why do we even give them spoons?"
7. "We don't put toys in our mouths"
8. "Did you wash your hands?"
9. "Where do we run? Where are we right now?"
10. "Where are your shoes?"
11. "We don't talk like that here."
12. "Go tell them you're sorry"
13. "Get your finger out of your nose"
14. "Inside voices please!"
15. "Every one find a buddy."
16. "Ew ew ew, some body get me a tissue!"
17. "How did your shoes untie already? I just tied them five minutes ago."
18. "We do nice with our hands."
19. "Oh god, it's spaghetti day."
20. "Please, do not put noodles in your hair."
21. "Hold hands until we are on the play ground!"
22. "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, one fell off and bumped his head..."
23. "Do you have to poop?"
24. "Well you should at least try."
25. "Why didn't you go to the potty before we went outside."
26. "If I hear "Let it go" one more time..."
27. "Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog.."
28. "Mommy and Daddy will come back, I promise."
29. "No, no biting!"
30. "She had it first, you'll just have to wait until she's done."
31. "Ew, why are you dipping everything in applesauce?"
32. "Now, are you going to eat the vegetable with the ranch or just the ranch?"
33. "Then why did you say you weren't eating snack?"
34. "Put your arms back in your sleeves."
35. *Five minutes before closing* "Where are your parents??"
36. "I finally got him to sleep, everyone be quiet."
37. *You see one eye open* "Oh no..."
38. "Wow, all your kids are still sleeping!?" (We wish we said this more often)
39. "Don't eat that, it was on the floor!"
40. "Glue the google eyes on here." *puts the eyes anywhere but there*
41. "Stop fighting over who's going to turn off the lights, you'll get a turn tomorrow."
42. "Don't shove so much food in your mouth at once, you'll choke!"
43. "Chew and swallow your food before you get up."
45. "Don't touch anything until we wash your hands!"
As weird as these small people are, they are some of the sweetest beings on the planet. And although they drive you crazy, at the end of the day, they make you love your job.
Trying new things, prospering, and succeeding. Three things I am glad I endured in the past year.
These three things have taught me many lessons and helped me to achieve many things. The feelings from each individual endeavor I have taken in this past year has impacted me in many different ways. I never thought my work experience would have such a huge impact on my entire life.
I was always a fashion-lover who had many, many different clothes. I would rather buy clothes than books to read starting at age 8. When I was 16 I got my first job at Lucki Clover, the cutest, elegant boutique in Red Bank, New Jersey.
I was in love with the feeling of walking into "work" and being around an entire store of things I wanted to buy. It was the best day ever when I assisted a woman on her entire "night out" outfit, and she made the purchase. At this job, I really developed an even bigger love for fashion, and I decided that my goal was to include fashion within my future career.
When I would see the shipments of clothes coming in 24/7, I would get excited like a child on Christmas morning. I was in love with fashion.
I found something I was passionate about, and it was a good feeling.
Years passed and I decided to try something totally different. I decided to be a camp counselor. I babysat a couple times, but nothing crazy. I figured, why not try? For 8 weeks, I worked at Pine Grove Day Camp in Wall, New Jersey. I never thought these kids would make me smile so much. All day long, I was impacting these campers and they were impacting me without even knowing it.
I remember being told that on the last day, I may cry. I thought to myself, "They are little kids that I'll be working with for three months, why would I cry?" Well, I was so wrong.
When you hear your camper call you their best friend, you do not think much of it (quite frankly, I would just laugh). On that last day, you realize that you created a huge impact on their lives. Being a counselor does not mean hanging out with your 6th-grade campers on the weekend, it is about creating a camp friendship with them so they can be happy and learn new things.
Along with the campers, the counselors were learning new things and smiling every day. The smiles on these kids faces throughout the day were contagious. I could not help but smile and cry when I saw how upset my campers were to leave at the end of the summer.
I made an impact, it was a good feeling.
Following that, I applied for another retail job. However, instead of clothes, I was dealing with sunglasses. I got the job at Sunglass Hut in the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. I figured I would try something different than before, but something that interested me.
In my first weeks working there, I learned so much knowledge about sunglasses and how their worth is so much more than we think. The materials used to craft some of the sunglasses are so valuable. Before this experience, I just thought of sunglasses as either metal or plastic.
When I made my first customer interaction, I was overwhelmed. I realized that if I did not create a customer relationship, I would most likely not sell a pair of sunglasses. Hours passed, and I made my sales goal for the day.
I achieved what I needed to, it was a good feeling.
With these three experiences, I learned that trying new things leads to prospering and succeeding. It is like a ripple effect. I truly believe I learned these things through my work experience.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Think about the last time you truly were proud of yourself. Did you try something new? Did you learn different things? Did you feel yourself smiling ear to ear?
My work experience allowed me to feel my mind and well-being prosper and succeed after trying all these things. You may not experience these things through your work experience, but they are necessary for growth and you will experience them in your own way.
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love." - Maya Angelou