While living on the island paradise of St. Kitts, as a teenager I used to hang out with my best friends, and on this particular day we elected to take pleasure in shelling peas (the ones you eat come in pods that have to be shelled) with my friends grandfather - Mr. Morton, who would often regale us with stories of old.
Mr. Morton sat down without saying a word and started working while we continued to chat about nonsense. After awhile, he began humming this song and we stopped to listen to him. He had only been out there for about 15 minutes by this time and he then said, "If you are going to do something do it right or dont do it at all."
"What are you talking about grandpa?" my friend asked.
With a smile, Mr. Morton then tipped his bucket towards us and when we looked in we saw that his bucket only had in a small quantity of peas compared with the quarter-filled bucket that we had. As we looked closely we also saw how clean his work was, all the little shells, leaves, twigs and other trash from the peas that were in our bucket weren't in his bucket either. Thats when the depth of his words hit me; I realized that I was hearing wise words that meant something deeper than peas. He also told us that when you do something do it to the best of your ability, but do it right no matter what job you have to do just do it right so you dont have to redo it later.
After he finished talking he had this smug look on his face and started to lean back but, the chair he was in was really old so he leaned back too far and the chair tipped over, his legs flew up in the air and all his peas fell all over the ground getting as dirty as ours. We all busted out laughing at him. Mr. Morton has since passed on, but his message was not lost; it is buried in my heart and and now I try to do things once -- the right way the first time or not do them at all. This story is in his memory.
This is Rex Barker, agreeing with Mr. Mortons wise words.