Summer, late 1960’s, I earned college money by working in the Delano grape fields.My Filipino co-workers were in their 60’s and 70’s, including my dad, who
worked and moved about with ease and efficiency. Those of you who had the pleasure of doing this kind of work
appreciated the conditions and methodologies needed to get through a decent
ten-hour day (at the time 10-hour days were the norm).
As I struggled to keep up with this back breaking work, my dad would tell me to “take my time, but
I was young, strong and athletically fit.Hurrying up was not problem.Doing it efficiently like my dad and his
compatriots was not possible.I didn’t
have the wherewithal to “take my time.”