"Born Worker"

by Gary Soto

In the "born worker" there is a boy named Jose.

People said he was a born worker and that he is a hard worker. They also say he was born with a ring of dirt around his neck, grime under his fingernails, and his palms were rough by the age of three.

Jose says that his cousin Arnie is spoiled.

And that he never has to work for anything. he also says that Arnie is lazy and his parents buy him everything he has a new shirt, new high tops, and a CD Walkman. And that he has never had to climb a telephone pole to size up the future.