posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 04:54 PM
If the mods think this belongs somewhere else please move it, but I think this true incident that happened today to me will spark a conversation that
fits the Social Issues category.
Just a few hours ago, Stephie and I finished up our errands for a Saturday, including looking at appliances to upgrade our small kitchen and half
bathroom. I was chopping some onions and jalpenos that we have stored from our garden harvest this year to make chili this evening (which is on the
stove as we speak) when a rap, rap, rap came on our door.
My first thought was, "Lemme grab a Beer and a smoke and answer the door. Those Jehovah's Witnesses never read the "No Solicitors" sign on the
door." Answering the door with a beer in one hand and Marlboro in the other usually wards them off quickly. I looked out the window and saw a young
man about the age of 15 holding a rake and a pair of worn work gloves.
Since I didn't want to battle our dogs for control of the door, I went out the back patio and walked around front, depositing the beer and smoke on
Before i could say hello, he approached me and stuck out his hand.
"Hello Sir, my name is Gerald and I'm a student at Williams High School right down the road. I was wondering if I could rake the leaves from your
lawn. I want to make some money so my Mom can have the Christmas she deserves."
I said, "So you are looking to buy your mom a present?"
He replied, "No Sir, I want to make some money and give it to her before Christmas so she can use it for our family."
I looked at my front yard, all 7000 sq ft (about a quarter of an acre) of it covered with leaves.
"OK, how much are you asking?", I inquired.
"Ummm...5 Dollars?", He replied.
"5 bucks, sure! Go at it!"
This kid did go at it. He started raking leaves like his life depended on it. I was immediately impressed with his work ethic. I went back in the
house and periodically looked through the windows to see his progress. Stephie watched him too and said to me, "You aren't just going to give him
five dollars are you?"
"Hell no, just look at him work. He is so undervaluing himself."
He cleared my quarter acre front yard of leaves in under 45 minutes. I'm 41 and in shape, but I could not do that. This kid saved me alot of
When he was done, I went to meet him out front and handed him a 20 dollar bill, which I think is a fair amount for clearing a quarter acre of deep
leaves. Since Stephie also has a business hand knitting scarves, hats, and other stuff I don't pay attention to, we let him pick out one for his mom
out of her inventory.
Before he left, I asked him to stop by sometimes and keep in touch since I would love his help (paid of course) in our expanded garden next year.
LOL...turns out his high school project next year is Organic Gardening....which is what I do! I will pay him for his work and the mentoring will be
Apparently, there are still young people out there willing to work for something, and what I mean is to do actual work to better themselves and their
family, by looking for opportunities and working hard to achieve a goal.
I met one of those young people today. He wasn't looking for a handout, he saw an opportunity and worked hard for my cash.
Like I told him, "I wish more young people would do what you are doing and make some money by working hard like you did today instead of just wanting
someone else to take care of them."
All is not lost with our Youth. I witnessed that today.