Immigration Vignette

Life in the old days

It was in the morning, the living room was dark. It was the first day of work. I rushed to the kitchen and get my breakfast. I gradually go to the backyard and get my bicycle. Not so long, I arrived to my destination. The factory. Yeah- the factory. That’s where I worked. I saw my name on a table and they had misspelled it, but that’s okay. It was a very hot day, as hot as a flame. Thinking back to the nightmare about getting tease in the new workplace, I had to go through every night was keep popping in and out of my mind. I hope one day, I can get rid of this nightmare and pretend this as daydreams. My house is very near to the factory. The factory was so dirty, and it’s because of the workers, who uses some materials and didn’t clean it back. The loud machine was making a weird noise but nothing can stop it. I heard that there are always inefficient amount of food and supplies that are limited. The work and the factory was a bit uncomfortable but my family is depended on me I wish I could change job but this is the only opportunity that I have. I had to work for 18 hours but they only give me $5. My family would use all of this money in a second. Why don’t I always have enough money? I work so hard to earn the things I want. However, whenever I earn money by completing work in a long time, I use it in a very short amount of time. I remember a few years back, my father used to come home with many stitches on his wrist and many scar on his face. That was because the work was harmful. Anyways, I feel so grateful for having such an opportunities to work in the factory.

New tools

As soon as I get to the factory, there are sudden changes. A new world had begun. I first noticed there are some tools that are brand new. The factory was not a “factory” anymore. It looks like a whole new place. The factory was very interesting. The first tool that I noticed was called spinning Jenny.  My friend and I was talking about the tools. One factor that the factory was upgraded, is because of the workers are growing, and it makes the work faster and much more efficient. For example, by the mid-18th century, population growth. There are some new techniques of working. The new ways of working is much more easier, not so tiring and most importantly, it’s not hard anymore. Also, machinery could now function much faster, and no human power needed even. I saw that there are many improvement and growing more product faster, day by day. Just one fact if you don’t know, Industrial Revolution began in England by 1700s. It had spread to other countries also such as America. The other one is it changes in social and living conditions. It brought significant social changes. Finally, and most important, the production is much more faster, useful, and more efficient.

Working in the factory

The loud noise from the big machine, clunking sound all over the factory. The workers were sweating, rushing, focusing on their work. It’s a mess all over the place. Some were sewing and else were cleaning up some mess. The place was very new to me because I’ve never been in this place. My family is depended on me. I was very new, all the workers were staring at me as if I’ve done a huge mistake. I was so embarrassing and shy at first but I kept on going on. I sat on the chair, but before, as soon as I sat on the chair, my boss was shouting “Every workers, please come here”. As soon as I get there, my boss was just mentioning that there will be workers who’s in other factory will team up and check our work. I took a deep breathe and went back to my table. My partner, he’s old, I knew that by how he had kept his moustache for long time and his beard. But I kept on going on.

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