Monday, June 23, 2014
Strawberry Shortcake Face
Everyone keeps telling me how old Janey works. I only have two more months before I'll have a two year old. She is so sweet (and hates all the noise of construction also). She loves her scooter-that's all she wants to do-ride up and down the sidewalk on her scooter.
It was the weekend of graduation parties-we have two more next week also. This week three little girls (one niece) who used to play at my house, play Polly Pockets, and dress up and American Girl dolls, are leaving for college. How can that be? Time moves too quickly. I almost feel like Abbey should be going with them-but with that September birthday, she is a year behind. I know she's ready-I know she feels ready, I know she wants to be more independent and out of high school and on her own (as much as college is "on your own", and make her own rules to follow, not have parents telling her what time to be home etc...to have some choices in classes and see the future closer without another year of high school. Someone asked us if we think she has had "senioritis" and I laughed and said, "Yes, all year, but she was a junior!" We need to plan a few more college visits this fall I think that will help to get her excited. I have found that as excited as new seniors are to go to college, they are in denial about how quickly these decisions need to be made, and aren't great about sitting down and doing the paperwork portion of the work-maybe that's just teenage procrastination but boy do those deadlines creep up quickly.
On another note-
I have met some great "worker guys" with neat stories. I have studied and made some enlightening (and not surprising) observations. Here are a few:
-Those over the age of 60 (give or take) have a noticeably different work ethic. They work harder, and longer, and show up when they are supposed to, and do what they say they are going to do.
-Those who grew up with big families, and out on farms, also have a strong work ethic. Maybe it's the chipping in, not a lot of money, high expectations at an early age to work.
-I've met two father/son teams and these were my favorite. When there is a family stake in the business, there is a reputation to uphold-fair and honest and hardworking for sure.
One man was from a big Catholic family, grew up on a farm, grandfather was an immigrant who came to American with literally nothing-when he died he had money hidden everywhere in his house and lived so simply that everyone felt sorry for him (he didn't trust banks-Depression era). When this man's mother went to the hospital to have her first, her sister was in labor also-they had their babies together, but his mom lost her baby-he was stillborn. The couples shared a car-she rode home next to her sister-baby in arms-empty-handed. She told her husband tearfully, "I'm going to have ten more babies." And she did-in 16 years!
Another (one of seven) was very hard of hearing. He told me that they didn't find out he had a hearing problem till he graduated high school...somehow he made it through...he always sat at the front of the class. He planned on joining the Marines to put himself through college, but they wouldn't take him and that's the first time he had a hearing test and was told he had some major hearing loss. He was crushed-and tried every military branch but was rejected each time. Instead he went into the wood floor business with his Dad and has made a living that way ever since. His dad (almost eighty) came to help him. He was so sweet-but oh boy, so stooped over. Both worked two jobs to support their families.
Well, Janey's up from her nap.
Summer thunderstorm in progress, one of my favorite things. What is it with the smell of rain in summer? Love it.