But Homer really didn’t want to be a coal miner. He’d seen not only how hard his dad and the other men had to work, and while Homer wasn’t afraid of hard work, he also saw how the microscopic coal dust in the underground tunnels in the in the coal mine dust had made his father dangerously ill. Other men got ill retired and stopped working, but Homer’s dad wouldn’t stop.
It was as if the coal mine was his life.
No, Homer didn’t want to be a coal miner.
And wanted a more exciting life.
AN ESCAPE PLAN
Homer didn’t have any sisters and just one older and sporty brother called Jim, who was determined that he wasn’t going to work in the coal mine.
One of the most important things that a dad or a mum or anyone caring for children can do is help them think what they want to be when they grow up or do when they leave school. And help them follow that dream.
Many, many young people love playing sport and dream of playing for their favourite team and getting paid lots of money. Or they might learn a musical instrument and love playing with a dream of being a famous pop star.
Many people do this and for that reason not everyone can, maybe because there aren’t enough jobs for everyone, or things might change and unforeseen things happen
For example any one can easily break their leg, just by slipping while walking on ice. If you’d had a dream of playing professional football your dreams would be over if you broke your leg and you’d have to think of and find something else to do.
If you had not worked on other subjects because you only had a plan to be a footballer – your favourite plan, let’s call it Plan A, you might have to go back to school to get your qualifications or get a poorly paid job that didn’t need qualifications.
That’s why it’s always important to have a Plan B, think of it like a back up plan.
Jim’s Plan A
So, did you guess why Jim was so confident he wasn’t going to work in the coal mine?
Well he was good at football. Very good and his dream, or his Plan A was to be a professional football player which meant he could go to University and play in their team and then play professionally and make a good living.
His Plan B was to work in the coal mine but only if he had to.
But he didn’t, Jim made it as a professional football layer and had a great career in the sports world.
Homer’s Plan Z
The fact is that Homer didn’t have a Plan A and didn’t have any idea what he was going to do. He didn’t even like to think he had a Plan B to go and work in the coal mine, it was more of a Plan Z as it was the last thing he wanted to do.
Then one night he was out with his friends and saw something in the night sky that gave him an idea, to make something.
The first thing he made from a piece of pipe and some dynamite he got from the coal mine failed badly and nearly killed him. But his mum encouraged him to have another go.
So he tried again and that time he nearly knocked the coal mine down. His dad was really cross and told him to stop it and spend his time studying to go to university and come and work i the coal mine.
Homer didn’t know what to do or who to ask as he didn’t want to work in the coal mine so he asked one person, a person you can always speak to about any problems you might have in life gave him a book that told him what to do.
Homer tried and tried and tried again and after a year or so succeeded.
Homer and he friends were famous for what they had achieved not only in their town but eventually across the whole world.
Homer’s Plan A
Homer and his friends had learned to make rockets and made a rocket that went 6 miles high in the sky.