Most people will get a break from the work-a-day world Monday, Sept. 5. With more than 154 million workers in the U.S., according to U.S. Census data, the Citizen wondered: What is the toughest job you've ever had? Citizen staff posed the question to folks on their way to shop at the Ingle's in Covington and community members at the Olivia Haydel Senior Center in Conyers.
"(The toughest job I ever had was) surviving in that snow (while fighting in a trench on the border between Germany and France during WWII). To this day, I freeze to death."
Bud Sosebee, Conyers
"I'm a social worker and I worked at a psychiatric hospital at intake. I had to interview people when they first came in. But the hardest part was getting insurance companies to agree to pay for treatment."
Laura Kemp, Covington
"Being in the hot sun and bending to get those cotton stalks (as a 12-year-old girl picking cotton in Montrose, Ga.)."
Ella Mosley, Conyers
"I worked as a caregiver for 3 years for a lady with Alzheimer's and then she got cancer. The emotional strain, watching her go down was the worst part, watching her pass away was the hardest part."
Lee Ellsworth, Conyers
"When I worked at UPS. I worked on an air belt outside sorting packages that go to the airport. It was hot or it was raining."
Shiffon Jefferson, Covington
"Raising my children. They don't give you a handbook for that."
Diane Browder, Conyers