Labourer No Thanks – Thats not for me

When I was younger, my parents used to drum a saying into both my sisters and my head!

“Never do the same job as us! Always do something better”

I had never really thought about this saying until Mr L and I had Baba, since then we have joked that if Baba comes along and says he wants to be a groundworker/builder like Dad we will tell him that’s fine but he needs to go to college to get a trade first, such as a carpenter, plumber etc. I always thought that this is what my parents meant – how wrong was I!

Today I experienced being my dad. Dad is a painter and decorator and has just recently gone out working on his own. He is currently decorating the whole of a three bed house and asked whether I could go and help him sugar soap the walls for him so that he could get on with the painting, as he has a lot of work on at the moment.

So off I went to help him this morning. Oh my god, what hard work it was today! I sugar soaped two bedrooms, which is basically washing the walls down with a wet sponge, spraying sugar soap on, and then rubbing the walls where all the marks on the wall are to clean them. I then cleaned all the skirting boards in these two rooms, and washed down all the doors. Am I shattered now!

My arms are aching, and my knees are killing. I don’t think I have stretched so much in all my life! It is painful doing what my dad does, I can only imagine how painful it is doing what Mr L does bending down and digging all day. I can now understand why they all say that they never want their children to do the jobs that they do.

They hurt. They must hurt and ache all the time!

I hurt.

I will not be doing it again, I think from now on I will stick writing and being an Avon lady, they don’t cause me pain.

I promise never to say Dad and Mr L are moaning again, I will believe them when they say they are in pain!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 07:49:13

    My husband is a fisherman, and sometimes I forget just how hard his job is, how physically demanding. he often comes home unable to straighten his back or complaining of pain. it’s not a life i would want to live that’s for sure.


    • andthenallithoughtaboutwasyou
      Mar 03, 2010 @ 09:18:06

      I know Mr L comes home like that sometimes, and you do forget how damaging his job is to his body, and I think you almost zone out when he says he is pain, as he is in pain so much. There is nothing like doing something similar to remember how painful it actual is!


  2. TheMadHouse
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 13:24:49

    I think that sometimes it is great to walk a mile in someones shoes even if it is only metaphorically.


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