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Tales from the O-NO Ranch 7-12-10

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Any young person looks forward to summer time. Summer for the most part, is a time to kick back, hang out with your buddies and enjoy the nice weather that summer provides. Of course, this all depends on where you live and how your family life is structured.

As a young lad of 14, I was required to work in the oil patch along side my 15-year-old brother. We worked five days a week, eight hours a day, for 65 cents an hour. We had to make enough money to buy us an old car and put gas in it unless we wanted to ride the school bus every day or have one of our parents take us some where. I have to tell you gentle readers, it was hard getting up every morning and going out with a crew of grown men and trying to keep up with them and not mess up and of course, put up with all the teasing and practical jokes that were constantly being played on us. It was a wonderful lesson for me and my brother. It was how the world works 101.

I have carried a good work ethic with me all of my life and it’s because I was made to get up and go to work and be responsible. I wish every kid had the opportunity to have a summer job and more than likely most of them do but just don’t take advantage of the situation. Why should they? Some parents just don’t feel the need for their children to have to work through the summer and I can understand some parts of that. Your kid works all school year keeping his or her grades up, then there is sports activities, band, glee club, whatever. You just don’t want to make them have to work all summer and then start right back to school to work again without some fun time.

Remember life 101? Honestly it’s my humble opinion that those kids that ambitious enough to get out and find a job during the summer months will be light years ahead of their buddies that don’t. Now we know that farm and ranch kids usually have responsibilities around the place and are expected to fulfill those responsibilities before they consider having free time to have fun.

Our children had lots of fun in the summer but it had to fit in with their jobs on the ranch. Who knew? They turned out to be solid wonderful citizens and good mothers and fathers, husbands and wives. What more could you ask.

This morning was damp and cool. It felt much like an October morning not a July morning. I’m hoping that summer last a long time up into the fall, how about you. I have a lot of fun I have to do before it snows!

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