[Market-farming] child labor

beverly beverly at bidumup.com
Thu Jan 30 14:28:38 EST 2003


Lovely,

Beverly
----- Original Message -----
From: "Del Williams" <delannw at dlogue.net>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 3:38 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] child labor


> Yes, if my daughter is going to work and earn wages, she has some
> responsibilities to learn.
>
> No, she doesn't pay rent.  She is a minor and she is my parental
> responsibility.  I am the residential parent of a 17-year-old girl and
don't
> think I forget it for a moment.  She has a curfew and I enforce it.  I
feed
> her, I buy most of her clothing and I pay the mortgage, taxes and the
> insurance on the vehicles she drives.  They are my vehicles, afterall.
>
> She wants to go to Europe next year.  I think she'll appreciate that trip
> more if she earns at least part of that $3000 ticket.  So, yes.  She must
> earn part of the money herself.  If she works for her dad, she'll earn
some.
> If she works for me, she'll earn some.  She has already set aside over
$1500
> from her own efforts.  I think we'll end up providing the rest.  She can
> keep right on working to earn the luxuries of life.  She is fortunate as
> hell.
>
> Nothing wrong with teaching a young adult, that the things you want
require
> effort and not simply rich parents.  By world standards we are filthy
rich.
> We own two homes, we have 3 vehicles and several thousand dollars in
> investments.  Our daughter doesn't need to worry about anything, does she?
>
> She must learn to earn her way in life.  Regardless of what her parents
have
> accomplished.
>
> She recently got notice of a $32,000 scholarship from the college she most
> wanted to attend.  A feather in her cap.  I'm proud of her ability and
> fortitude to have worked hard and earned it.  Not because her parents are
> wealthy enough to afford it on their own.  We are.  She owes us nothing
> except that we sure did provide the developmental environment for being
> responsible for the outcomes in her life.  But SHE did the work.  She got
> the grades, she showed her mastery of the subjects that made her eligible
> for that scholarship.  Neither of us ever put our jobs or our ability to
> provide for the family ahead of our child's development.
>
> I feel no sacrifice.  I love that child and appreciate what she has
> accomplished.  That is her own award.  I didn't do it for her.
>
> I'm not ever going to take that away from her.  Or keep the wages she
might
> have earned if she didn't get up at 4AM and help me cut herbs for a 6AM
> delivery.  She earned it.  Frankly she could have done it at other
> businesses.  Not just mine.
>
> Thus, I pay her for her efforts.  And so does the business her dad works
> for.  It's all the same to me.
>
> Del Williams
> Farmer in the Del
> Clifton IL
>
>
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