"Born Worker" by Gary Soto
They say Jose was born to work..
The Born Worker..
When Jose's cousin, Arnie, approaches him with an opportunity to make a little extra money, Jose reluctantly agrees. Arnie arranges jobs for Jose but one goes horribly wrong. The employer, Mr. Clemens, falls into his drained pool and hits his head hard. While Arnie leaves because he's lazy and cowardly, but Jose stays to help. Alone, he calls 911 but when the police show up to ask what happened. Arnie show's up to take all the credit. Jose learns that there are to types of people, those who are lazy and lie and those who work hard, he is one of the latter.
"He climbed up and saw for himself what his father saw- miles and miles of trees and houses, and a future lost in the layers of yellowish haze."
Mr. Clemens fell in his pool - his was empty- and Jose stayed to help while Arnie ran away.
Arnie approached Jose with a business idea to make extra money.