Friday, March 3, 2017

First Job


Kitchen remodel complete.


Best picture I could find of the before.


Half way done.


We celebrated our running friend Gwen's birthday on...a run!


Claudia's birthday cake went quick with seven hungry kids!


Getting closer to Boston....19 miler yesterday!

Yesterday, I sat in a cozy chair at the library.  My nose was stuck in a book, but my attention was a few feet away.

Caleb was chatting with the librarian about a job.  His job.  Within the next few days, he will be the brand new shelver at the library.  This job requires a work permit, bank account, and a completed W2.  At the tender age of 14, he will be making minimum wage.

All of this is a lot for a mother of a first born to take in.  It is monumental.  Just yesterday, he was sitting criss cross applesauce in front of this librarian as she read "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie."  Now, he is her employee.  Or so it seems.  How did he go from board books to a paycheck in a blink of an eye.

I listened to the whole conversation with a sense of pride.  He was responsible, respectable, and hard working.  The librarian could see that too.  After years of struggling with a child that seemed destined for delinquency, things have changed.  All I can say is God is good.  

For the next several weeks, I will try to be on my best behavior.  I will not plan to be at the library during his shifts.  

But if I just happen to need a book while he is working.  

And, if I just happen to run into him while I have my camera.  

And, if I just happen to snap a shot of my son performing his job duties while wearing an official library name tag.... 

Well, it's funny how things work out like that when you're proud! 

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