Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Working for the Census


I'm usually so busy reading other blogs and commenting that I don't have time to write on my own blog. I enter giveaways and blog them here to pass on the links and that's it. But now that I have a little more time I thought I'd write about this family from time to time.
My son is a Senior in High School and graduates this year. He will be going off to college next fall and he needs a job so when I read a post at work that they were recruiting so I decided to give them a call to see what it was all about. I found out you need to take a test first. If you pass the test then they will hire you and then you have to attend training. It sounded fairly simple and they sounded eager to hire. I have seen on the news a few disturbing flicks about these workers having some trouble. These were women and I decided that it's just not safe for women to go alone. We had a few that were assaulted and threatened while knocking door to door. We hear of crime every day on the news which automatically tells you there are some really bad people out there. When working for the census you have no idea who is behind that door and what kind of person you will be dealing with. I must say it is very disturbing thinking about that. With jobs so hard to find some are forced to do jobs they normally wouldn't do. The money the Census pays is real good. A lot hire than most jobs in this area so that makes it even more tempting. Many jobs here pay less than $7 to $8 bucks an hour. For teens working at McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts that is about there pay so for a teen to get a job making more than $13 an hour is real appealing. I just don't know how much I like the idea of my son working knocking door to door for the Census. I keep saying to myself that well he isn't a girl he is a boy. He will be 18 in two months you got to let him do this. He is a strong young man who body builds every day. No one will bother him. He will have his cell phone at all times etc etc. Even though I keep telling myself all this I can't seem to convince myself. Well he took the test and he passed so now if they call in 2 months he will have the job. It is so hard as a mother not to worry. We all do it but this time I just have that pit in my stomach that keeps annoying me. So this morning while having coffee with friends and family I brought up the topic. Well my father age 72 who is retired and spoils all the children rotten pipes up and says he isn't going alone I'm gonna ride with him. He said I like to ride in the country and I don't have anything better to do. Now I thought what a great idea. I will feel so much better. I know we need to let are children grow up and experience life and all but I don't feel that we should disreguard our gut feelings either.

4 comments:

Michele P. said...

Blaine will be just fine... he is such a handsome young man.... and Papa will be happy to keep him company too!

Nichol said...

Love the new look! I've talked to many about working with the census and it seems many say the same thing about knocking door to door..I'm sure your son would be just fine :)

hondaray6 said...
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hondaray6 said...

I actually worked the census once and they sent us out in pairs anyway. So you are probably worrying for nothing! It will be a great experience for Blaine and a good pay check! Tell him I said good luck and have fun!