I read “Work in Corporate America” by Russell Baker, and I do believechildren are mystified by the jobs parents have. I also agree with the strategies he used to get his point across in his essay. Russell Baker adds interest from the beginning and ending with a perspective of a child. He discusses what children may think about their parent’s work, and how they may be confused about what goes on. In today’s society, some children still don’t know what their parents do at work; therefore, children are puzzled.
I can remember when I asked my parents “Daddy, what do you do at work?” Also “Momma, can I go to work with you?” I never knew or understand what my parent’s did at work. My father would reply back saying, “Son, I install fireplaces.” My mother would tell me, “Sure baby, you can come watch me work.” All I knew was that my parents would have to leave off for hours a day. I didn’t understand that my parents were going to work to get paid, or what they were doing there. I asked them questions on top of questions trying to get a full understanding, and wanted to go to work with one of them any chance I got.
Once I finally got a chance to go to both of my parent’s jobs, and they explained to me the purpose of working. I was more enlightened on what my parent’s jobs were. I knew what a fireplace was but I didn’t understand installing one. One day my father took me to work with him. He showed me what he did at work. I also helped him install a fireplace when I was out with him. All I saw him do was climb ladders. Then he wanted me to climb the ladder too, so I can get a feel of the process of installing a fireplace. It was confusing trying to understand what he did at work, but we got the job done.
Afterwards, he would tell me, “Thanks, for helping me out today.” He paid me then let me know it was for my labor in put in...