My job postings have been available for months. Today… I finally had a taker! TTO, in need of some green stash to pay for his monthly iPhone fees came looking for an odd job or two. (Oh happy day. XBox has been put back in the box unless friends are over and playing in person … we thought this would be a good compromise :)
After we dropped the girls at their super snazzy Typing Camp (hey… trying to keep it happy since their at the end of week 2 and its taking on more mind numbing characteristics than we expected), we dropped into to one of our favorite stores. Lowe’s. (No slight to our Home Depot friends that we equally love.)
I helped out at the beginning, showing them how to sand the chairs, clean the dust/remnants, and paint without drips. The project started out with lots of whining at each other, “You’re doing it wrong”, “Hey that was my spot.”,”Quit dripping.” I excused myself. Our niece then braved the pair by joining them to sand. She only lasted about five minutes. Compelled by their disagreeable attitude toward each other, I sighed and entered the danger zone again to give the pair a little life lecture on working together without complaining or grumbling … or maybe an “only say things that build each other up” one.
I was stopped in my tracks.
“Mom … We’ve stopped griping at each other.” Sister Save-A-Lot informed me.
“Yeah, we’re done.” TTO added.
I stayed for a few minutes to make sure, then nonchalantly “left” my phone on the nearby ledge. Agent 99 here was secretly recording the paint session. (Yes. I’m a little embarrassed to admit it … but, I went there.) I wanted them to hear first hand what they sound like. It didn’t matter. They really were working together at this point. Griping over, the chairs emerged victorious.
Not only did they earn some cash. They worked through sibling issues, started and completed a task and productively used their lazy afternoon. To top it all off, they get to see the fruit of their labor every day as they bound from the car to our front door.
If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and sit a spell. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee (a super yummy Keurig cup of coffee) and we can have a nice chat … maybe even solve a few of this world’s problems … definitely rock an afternoon away and rise from our chair with no white paint flakes stuck to our bums.
Thanks for walking the road with me.