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Savannah Sweetwater

Mystery Author

She walked to Work

In the first scene of Hope and Fate, Country Girl Mystery Book 1, Hope Atwood happens upon quite the scene when she discovers her beloved aunts dancing around the backyard in a rather interesting state of undress. The whole scene was a hoot to write, but the serious side of me had to include one thing: the value of hard work.

Hope walks to and from her job at a diner in town. At home, Hope has learned to pitch in and help without complaint. Not that she doesn’t have complaints, but she’s learned to pitch in and help anyway. Respect is a common value among country folk, taught young and reinforced almost as soon as a little one is able to understand.

Even before my first paying job, I walked to the local newspaper beginning at age 14 just to learn the ins and outs of the thing I loved the most. Every day after school I walked down the road to the paper where I learned to cut out and file clips, talked to the reporters and the managing editor, and reveled in the rhythms of the newsroom.

My first job came before my first car. At 16 I walked several blocks to a local fast food joint, filled out an application and was promptly hired. Rain or shine, snow or wind, I walked, dressed in the ugly uniform, to serve hamburgers and shakes and earn an honest paycheck.

Maybe it sounds a bit like an old-fashioned, preachy notion, but I don’t think so. In every generation, there are kids who rise to the top determined to work hard for what they want. My father did it. I’ve done it, and so have my own kids. Like Hope, I think we all learned that if there’s anything worth having, it’s worth working for.

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. –Stephen King

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