in much the same way
that he appeared out of the blue
in the midst of a very heavy snow season
to ask if i would hire him to shovel my driveway
and disappearing just as suddenly
only to appear again
wheeling his mower down the sidewalk
and stopping by
to ask if i would hire him to mow my lawn
soon after my lawn mower refused to start
the quiet, polite, hardworking kid with no name is back
and gone again.
“everybody is a hero in their own story if you just look.”
image credit: pincor products vintage advertising
it amazing to watch
as the lightbulb goes on
the transformation begins
those who have long names
a shorter nickname
that they suddenly really love
(but only when written down)
once they have to
go through the process
of writing it all out.
sebastian becomes ‘seb’
elizabeth becomes ‘liz’
anniston becomes ‘ana’
christian becomes ‘chris’
there is always
who gets caught up in the spirit of things
the shortcut bandwagon
kim becomes ‘km’.
“working hard and working smart
sometimes can be two different things.”
m and f in training at just one of our family businesses.
at our size you can grow 10- 20 billion dollars a year,
absolutely you can.
– Charles Holley
it was the worst easter ever, that somehow turned into one of my best and most memorable. back in my cocktail waitress/student days, the owner of our bar decided we should be open and all work on easter. well all, except for him. he was not known for his people skills and did not care that we each had people who we’d rather be spending the holidays with waiting at home, or that no one was going to set foot in our bar on easter.
after a couple of hours went by, with absolutely no customers of course, and hanging out and talking about how much we despised the owner for forcing us to do this, we decided to take matters into our own hands. the cook made up a mini buffet for us, we whipped up a batch of mimosas, and headed to our upstairs balcony room, where we’d have a view of the door if anyone happened to actually wander in.
our d.j. put on music,
(you never know who will stop in on easter morning for a dance, so of course it was mandatory that he worked too),
turned on the tv, took off our shoes, sat around a big table, played poker,
and watched the ten commandments together.
we ate, and drank, and talked, and laughed, and figured the movie was our spiritual experience for the day.
and moses looked down at us from the mountain as we upped the ante and raised a glass to him.
and i think we broke a lot of his commandments.
now that, is an easter.
Time for work – yet take much holiday for art’s and friendship’s sake
George De Wilde