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My first job—selling worms

I want to tell you about my first job. I sold catalpa worms. This was back in Willisville—well, really the country outside of Willisville.
Catalpa worms are great for fishing.

Willisville was just the nearest "town" (population 152) to where I grew up. There were plenty of Catalpa trees by our house. Catalpa worms were all over the leaves, and I could climb up and pick them off. All my sisters hated those worms, but I didn't mind. They were fuzzy! And they were great for fishing.

It just so happened that across the highway there was a lake and country store that charged people to go fishing. There were plenty of worms, so I sat across the street from the store selling worms to everyone going fishing. No one ever doubted they were fresh! I don't remember what I charged. Probably just pocket change, and by the end of the day I'd have a dollar or so. Not bad for back then, and not bad for my first job.

That taught me an important lesson: if you can do something useful that others don't want to do—you've got a job!

I don't know if you would call my worm-selling textbook entrepreneurship, but I think it's important for us to recognize all the different forms of creativity and ingenuity around us. Especially in rural areas and less-dense parts of the country, a whole lot of people are earning a living in unexpected ways. 

As we move out of this economic downturn, I think it's important for our public officials to support all different kinds of American entrepreneurship as part of the recovery—even if it's something like selling hand-picked worms to fishermen.

We're in this together, and I promise to push my fellow elected officials to design inclusive and equitable relief policy. This can't be another bailout only for the wealthy and well-connected.

Thank you for your continued support of our campaign, and I promise to stick with you—like worms on a catalpa tree—and keep sharing stories.

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