Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Journal Two from Betsy Lyons

Hi! My name is Elizabeth Lyons but everyone calls me Betsy. I am a sophomore and my major is business. I am originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan but moved to Marion last year when I started at the Ohio State University. My parents live in South Carolina. I have one brother and one sister. I am the youngest sibling. I own a Jack Russel-Beagle mix dog named Charlie. I work at Bob Evans and have been for the past three years as a grill cook. I love to go running and watch Netflix in my free time. My favorite show on Netflix is "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." One interesting fact about me is that I am looking to join the Peace Corp for two years after I get my Bachelors degree.

My best friend Lilly (right side) and I (left side)

In Holding On, the profile that stood out the most for me was the second one. Lawrence W. "Happy" Davis is a retired Pullman Porter. As an African-American, he provided for himself and his family from 1925 to the day he retired, which I believe to be remarkable. The separation between whites and colors was still going on back in the 1930s. The fact that Happy was able to get a job and keep the job at the same company, really is an inspiration. He did what he had to do in order to provide for his family which is admirable. Most people nowadays have lost that drive and determination to get a job and keep it for as long as he did. People now switch from job to job simply because they are bored or just do not want to work. This story stood out to me because I got a job at the age of sixteen in order to help my family and I still work at the same place. I can relate to this story because I have the motivation and the drive to become independent and work just like Happy did.


  1. First, I wanted to say that It's Always Sunny is also one of my favorite shows also. Also like you, I have worked since I was sixteen, nearly five years. It's been at the same place, but it's not work that I particularly enjoy. It does make you relate to Happy, because being able to provide for yourself and others is something that people should be proud of.

  2. I really liked this profile as well! I also know what its like having to get a job at a young age to help your family or to provide for yourself. I think that being able to relate to this profile will inspire people that have had to work at a young age to achieve their goals so they can have a career or job they actually enjoy.

  3. I also think it is amazing that Happy kept the same job and provided for his family even when times were tough and business was slow. Some of the experiences he referred to really hit home with me, as I am a server and rely on "the Great American public" as well. I hope to find the motivation Happy had and use it to make myself go to work without debating on calling off every morning.


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