NPR Essay

Patrick - Auburn, Washington
Entered on November 10, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: work


My name is Patrick Homa and I am 16 years old. For fun I work on my

truck and do a lot of hunting and fishing. What matters to me most is

hunting, fishing, and working on my truck. I was born in Auburn WA, but

for the first five or six years of my life I grew up in Tacoma

Washington. My family is very nice except for the fact that when I was

five or six my parents got divorced and I moved to Auburn Washington

with my mom. The words I don’t care seem to come up a lot in

conversations today. After many years, I have come to believe that

people don’t care about anything anymore other than themselves. I

decided this was true when we had to fire a young boy at work that we

had recently hired. Day in and day out he would come in not be

interested in learning the right way of doing anything and would put

freight/stock away wrong whenever it was to hard for him to find its

rightful place. He was fired not only for the fact that he didn’t care,

but on his last day there he came in just after he had done drugs. This

was unacceptable and showed just how much he cared about keeping his

job. Any one in there right minds would have saw that the job he had

was great. It wasn’t too hard and his work schedule was unbeatable. The

lesson I learned from all of this was that in today’s society

especially with teenagers that no one cares about anything. From

getting good grades to respecting your elders, no one care. If you look

around you will see parents buying there kids everything. Like cars of

example, you always see teenagers driving nice new cars that there

parents paid for entirely and they treat them horribly because its not

there money going to waste. This has effected how I act myself. When

someone asks me to do something I pay more attention, when learning new

things I show interest and CARE. I don’t want people to get the idea

that I don’t care. I would like other people to give a dam about what

they do, and have some respect and dignity. People these days should

try even if things aren’t what are up to there standards. And

teenagers, where I come from at this time getting a job is very hard.

No business is hiring so if you get a job from where you come from take

your job seriously. Show some interests and try your best.