Child Labor

From www.pro-finishes.com
From http://www.pro-finishes.com

During summer days we roasted on ladders, scraping and painting our little red house. My sister wore her impossibly orange bikini and basted with baby oil. I wore cutoffs and brought the radio. Never venturing beyond the first story, we must have dribbled half a gallon of stain on the driveway, but at $1 an hour, management wasn’t complaining.

At the end of our shifts, we would wrap the brushes in foil and tuck them in the freezer.

Dubbed “the eternally painted house” by the neighbors, it was perhaps only a marginal improvement over the salmon eyesore it had been.

 

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Beret Olsen

Writer, photographer, teacher, and part-time insomniac.

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