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Five lessons for parents, from a former farm kid

publication date: Jul 1, 2001
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The first time I worked for money - picking tomatoes from our small patch, a preview of our real farming life - I was 7 years old. It wasn’t very much work, of course, or very much money. My brother was 10, and I remember thinking that he: a) had to work more, and b) made good money. It was the beginning of a long, mostly profitable relationship with this particular, even peculiar, employer, which (almost) ended twelve years later, when I was 18. It was the summer before college, and I announced grandly that I was not going to work on the family farm, but in a restaurant, like a normal teenager.

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