Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My First Job

Today's writing prompt for the Blogember blog every day in November challenge is to write about my first job. I hope that you are still hanging in there with me, eleven days to go!

November 19: First job 

Technically speaking, my very first job ever was working for tips at the church where my grandmother played bingo. The old people (they probably weren't that old) would tell me what they wanted from the snack stand and I would run and get it for them. It was my first and only server job and I worked purely on tips. Back then you could still smoke indoors, so I would come home smelling like grease, sweat and cigarettes, but I really liked it. It was my first taste of working hard and earning my own money.

I did some babysitting to earn money, but never really enjoyed that. I was too much of a worrier! It was so much responsibility to entertain a kid, care for them, feed them...then what if there was a burglar, or a fire, or an alien invasion? My little brain would come up with every worse case scenario. Then there was that summer that I baby sat a little girl every weekday while her mom was at work. She locked her self in the bathroom with a pair of scissors and cut off all her long hair. Maybe this is why I never had kids of my own.

I worked at a Dairy Queen that looked just like this in Greentree, PA (Pittsburgh)

My first real job, that I received a pay check and paid taxes, was a walk-up-to-the-window Dairy Queen. We only served ice cream, no fast food. I am thankful for my teen-aged metabolism because we would eat ice cream during our entire shift, and I am sure I never gained a pound. I wish I had a picture of myself in my Dairy Queen uniform, but I have the next best thing: Me in my awful prom dress and my sister in her uniform. My mom's friend owns the DQ so at one time or another all my siblings worked there. I used to look at this picture and think it was funny that I looked pretty and my sister was covered in ice cream after her DQ shift, now I realize that my dress was ridiculous and she looks like the normal one.

I went on to work some retail jobs at the mall at Chess King and Merry-Go-Round. Oh gosh, I am old. These early jobs were the ones that taught me work ethic and launched what ultimately became my retail merchandising/marketing career.

What was your first job?

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  1. My 1st job was at "Black Tie" a tuxedo shop. I had to measure guys for tuxedo rentals. Some of those guys were serious jerks! Love the pic of you and your sis;)

  2. My first job was helping my mom at the local gas station convience store where she worked as a second job. I would bag peoples items as well as ring up sales. Thought I was hot stuff being 7 or 8 and getting to count money ha... I think I earned a few tips. First paying job was at a Kirlins Hallmark store while in Highschool.

  3. Haha! That uniform is tame compared to the one I wore at Brown's Chicken! There was a head kerchief and all...hideous! My first job was at the popcorn counter at a movie theater.

  4. My first attempt at a job was DQ too! but it only lasted a week. Your red uniforms were nice! Ours were a weird not tan but not brown color.
    I am pretty sure my prom dress came from Merry Go Round! WOW - I haven't thought of that place in years!

  5. Your prom dress looks like a wedding dress. :-) It's very 80s, but definitely not ridiculous. :-)


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