I followed my brother Joe into the hayfields when I was 12. We worked together for several of the local farmers. The work was hot and strenuous. At first, I didn't think I could last the 10-hour days we sometimes worked. But I looked over at Joe and he steadily tossed bales over his head onto the wagon stacked high with hay. He never quit. He seldom complained. I learned to persist until the task was done from Joe. He was a good role model for me.