I was a High School senior and needed money to buy my cap and gown, since my mother coud not afford to buy them for me. She had recently been unemployed. So I started looking for a job. I tried getting a job through the local job bank here in New York but were not lucky. So I started to ask around in school, to my teachers, and friends. One of them, Randal, from Costa Rica worked at a flower shop around my house. He told me he would ask his boss and would let me know as soon as possible.
The following day, Randal told me that he has spoken to his boss and she told him that I could stop by so she can tell me about the job. I was so excited to find out that I might get this job. So, the next day after school Randal and I rushed to the flower shop. He introduced me to his boss and she asked me how soon could I start. I told her that I could be there the next day. I asked about the salary and hours, Mrs. Kim –owner of Kim's Flower Shop – told me that the hours were from 4:00 to 8:00, and that she would pay me $2.00. I thought the pay was a bit unfair but I needed the money. And so, the next day I started that job.
Did I forget to mention that Mrs. Kim never told me what my duties would be? Well, I found out the next day that I would be cleaning the flowers as soon as they came in. by cleaning I mean, taking them out of the heavy boxes, cut them evenly, place them in water cubes, feed them and yes...get rid of the thorns! I thought I was going to work the register machine, not do the same kind of job that Randal was doing. A man's job!
I went home tired, dirty, hungry and my hands and arms covered with scratches. Proof of my hard labor. I thought to myself: "It's hard work for so little money but I have to do it." And I did. I saved enough money to buy my graduation items, and I quit right after. Why? Not only because I had made the money to buy my cap and gown, but also because I found out that she was paying the girl at the cash register $4.50 and Randal was making $4.00 for the same type of labor I was doing.
I have always been a hard working woman and that job just made me stronger and eager to better myself. After graduation, I got a job in the mail room at the factory where my mom's new job.