"Born Worker"

by Gary Soto


People say Jose was born a worker. Jose started drinking coffee at age 7 and his hands were already rough at the age of three. Rumor said he was born with a ring of dirt around his neck, with grime under his fingernails, and skin calloused from the grainy twist of a shovel.

Conflict Jose faces

Jose's cousin, Arnie, one day came to him and convinced him to come along with him to go get tons of jobs to get money. As it actually turns out, Arnie doesn't do anything.