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Duty is many things

July 20, 2010|By MORGAN NIELD / Special to Pulse

When I was a little boy, I had no sense of duty or work ethic.

I wasn't in school, so I had no homework.

My mom went to work, and I had no dad, so I didn't do chores because I was 3 or 4 at the time and at the baby sitter's house.

When I finally got into school, I sort of had a sense that I had work to do. But still, my mom and new dad helped me with my homework.

It wasn't until we moved to Hagerstown and into our new house that I had chores to do. I hated them, but I did them to avoid getting into trouble.

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When I entered middle school, I realized that I must study. We had tests in core subjects every three weeks.

And when I got into high school, things only got harder. So, I needed to study more. I finally realized that I had a duty.

I also have duties at my job. Equipment needs to be cleaned, food needs to be prepared and served, and orders must be taken. Workers need to work quickly or they will soon find themselves out of a job.

In everything you do in life, you must have a sense of duty. I'm slowly learning what my sense of duty is, and it's helping me to grow up.

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