Submitted to Boston Globe but not published.
Of course, one day on the job does not give time for the meaninglessness of much of that work to sink in – one is still in a learning mode. I only lasted a week on a donut assembly line: I could not get to sleep until I started up the line in my dreams. That is the reality of many assembly line jobs.
So, let’s have fewer photo opportunities and more discussion of meaningful policies for the social safety net.