Friday, April 18, 2014
P is for Picking Cotton
Who gave you your first job? What kind of job was it? How much money did you make?
A neighboring farmer in Arkansas gave me my first job--picking cotton. The going rate was 1.5 cents per pound. Mom sewed a bag into which I would put the cotton. She made if from feed sacks. My friend's mom did the same for him. We were the only hired hands.
The farmer showed us how to pick the cotton, whereupon we each took a row. We chatted about how much cotton must now be in the bag and fantasized it was a great many pounds. At length we asked the farmer to weigh our cotton and empty the bags. Each of us had picked only 4 pounds. Since it was time for lunch we asked to be paid before breaking; the farmer gladly gave each of us 6 cents. We chose to not go back after lunch. I think the farmer was not surprised.
Penned by Zoanna