Scraping Gum In High School

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Stainless steel versus dried, misplaced, masticated sugar. Scraping gum. Why me? Why is it here? The garbage can is only a few steps away. What would it have taken to throw this foe into the pail and defeat it for good? These were the questions I asked myself as I wielded a putty knife against my new enemy, spent gum. As I tackled this task I wondered who would win. Me, or the hardened Bazooka affixed to the underside of this school desk? My first paying job as a buildings and grounds summer helper opened my eyes to the other side of my school. As I think about the people who work behind the scenes, I ­realize the dedication that goes into this work. Most high school students take for granted the daily grind of hard work. After working

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