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“Our thoughts are the fingers of our Soul and by exercising these little fingers we can take hold of the good that God has given us.”
— Fannie James

While reading a story of how constant determination can take a person to the heights of his or her ambitions, I was reminded of a father/son business in the town I grew up in back east. After my father sold his dairy, which had supported his family for more than 25 years, he invested in a restaurant and service station in town. He was tired of taking his chances supporting his family with the hard work it took to keep the dairy operating while meeting all the requirements government agencies put into place after the World War II.

I had just started high school and worked at the service station to help support my father in his new adventure. My father worked the graveyard shift at the restaurant because we were open 24 hours, seven days a week. While working the after-midnight shift, my father met a father/son team who would pick up clean waste from other businesses in town. It was mostly paper and cardboard boxes, which to some would have been trash, but to this father/son team it was money in their pockets.

They would haul a load of paper to the recycle company 50 miles away and get paid well for the pounds per load. It was a weekly trip, and with gasoline at 18 cents a gallon they made a week’s wages with each load...


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