The Janitor Who Smiles Essay

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The Janitor Who Smiles

When you hear the word janitor, nothing glamorous comes to mind unless you are into cleaning. Most people think that janitors only scrubbing toilets or mopping floors, basically cleaning up after other people who most of the times show no appreciation. When asked what comes to mind when you hear the word janitor, my friend said, “someone who is poor and not well educated”. Not very many people believe that a person who works as a janitor could actually like their job because in involves cleaning up after people. Mrs. Tamika is a perfect example of someone who does with no complaints. Mrs. Tamika is 62 years old and has been a janitor at Tom Landry Elementary for six years. She is a 6 foot tall, African-American
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The first thing she does in the morning is survey the bathrooms. She has to make sure there is toilet paper in each bathroom, make sure there is plenty of soap, and then clean the sinks. Her next task consists of making sure the halls of Landry are “squeaky” clean. Her third job of the day is to empty the trash cans. Throughout each day Mrs. Tamika repeats these steps several times happy as can be with no complaint. After Mrs. Tamika described her typical day to me, I began to question her about the pros and cons of being a janitor. When I asked Mrs. Tamika about the pros of her job she was quick to answer with her main reason being the fact that she loves the students. Mrs. Tamika could not stop talking about how much she enjoys seeing the new faces of all the kids. She said, “If it weren’t for the kids in the halls I would not enjoy or have my job at Tom Landry”. Another thing Mrs. Tamika likes about her job is the breaks she gets to take. Throughout her day she gets three 30 minute breaks. These give her a chance to visit with her friends, talk to some of the students and get some fresh air. I then asked Mrs. Tamika to tell me the cons of her job. It surprised me that she was at a loss of words. She then told me that there were no cons. I was shocked when I heard her say that. I expected to hear something along the lines of cleaning the toilets or picking up after dirty college students. When I told this to Mrs. Tamika she

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