Wally, our pembroke welsh corgi, is a working dog. Though we haven't trained him near to what his potential is, he is quite helpful and always active. When there is nothing to do, Wally looks around for a job. Sometimes it's corraling the cats. Sometimes it's catching flies.
I'm thinking how cool it would be if teenagers were a little like Wally. When they don't have a specific job to do, they would look around to see what needs to be done and just do it. My teens are really great kids, however they haven't acquired that skill yet. In time their eyesight will improve, their priorities will adjust, their standard of living will rise, and then they, too, will be able to create their own "to do" list of work around the farm/house. Until then, I'll continue to dole out the jobs and enjoy watching Wally at work.