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Monday, February 18, 2013

A day off school and work



Yesterday’s four inches are melting fast today.  Jan saw three bluebirds in the back yard this morning.  They must be passing through; we don’t have enough meadow about to keep them happy.  No rail fences to sit on, either.  My mental image of bluebirds.  The wrens already are jousting for the wren houses in the oak tree. 


I’ve talked to Emily and Hamilton about the sort of summer jobs they might find.  It’s been so long since I’ve thought about more than Cousin Camp in the summer.  Now half the cousins live here.  Always planning, Grandma suggested they could take the week of spring break in March to hoof it around town and see what might be available.

Then Presidents’ Day dropped right into our laps.  The library, where I envisioned Emily volunteering for the summer, is not open today, but they already love Emily, who has borrowed hundreds of books and music CD’s on her six month old card.  I’m sure they would have her in a heartbeat to re-shelve books.

At supper last night I approached Hamilton about making the rounds today, get a head start, so to speak.  That suited him and then a little miffed Emily said she would like to go, too.  “I can get a work permit, Gramma.”  So, the plan for today.

First stop, the big nursery/garden center they can walk to.  Already the sign announces experienced nursery workers wanted.  Apparently enthusiasm helps, too.  They came out with applications.  We went down into the village and they went into the two restaurants.  “Can you work weekends?”  They came out with applications.  We stopped at the golf course, too, but the dynamic duo couldn’t find anyone about, and we came home.

So far this afternoon I have handed over Emily’s social security number, told her the trade names of job duties she had in the past.  Emily worked after school last year restocking shelves, pricing and bagging at a little store near her old house.  Yes, she was only thirteen, so the name of the store will remain a secret.  Her applications are complete.

Hamilton is off at the movies with Sarah. (I have no idea how he acquired a girlfriend on such short notice; especially one who already had a boyfriend.  They both play trombone? Maybe I’ll ask Emily.)  He won’t be done today, but we’ll get the applications back quickly.

I did stop at the town hall to check messages.  There were none.  What road garage but ours would have a line strung from the leaf machine to dry the garage rags?





14 comments:

  1. Sounds like you've got a pair of 'go-getters' there.

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  2. I love their enthusiasm about finding work!

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  3. Sounds like you are doing good with them Jo. I hope they find work. CC has been unable to find at job near her University but she is still trying.

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  4. good for them. I think that is one thing i failed to do was encourage them to get summer work but I felt they had their whole lives to work after they are adults.

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  5. Day off but somehow everybody learned something, and it seems that everybody worked (already). Hip, Hip, Hooray!

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  6. Good idea to have them start looking for a job now before summer starts! That head start will be sure to get them a position!! It is nice to see a youth too that enjoys the library like Emily does!

    betty

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  7. It is never too early to apply for those short-in-supply summer jobs. The early bird catches the worm.

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  8. Our youngest daughter worked at a local nursery and learn more about bushes and flowers than I'll ever know. It was a good job for her at the time.

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  9. It seems like only yesterday that I was out looking for work. Hey wait a minute, it was almost yesterday!

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  10. Good idea to start early. There are few ways to distinguish oneself from the crowd but enthusiasm and an early start are two of those.

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  11. my first job was as a page in a library---sounds fun again---good to start now thinking about it!

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  12. Dear Joanne, I look forward to learning more about your grandchildren Emily and Hamilton, especially what volunteer work or paid work they find. The volunteering may yield lots of prospects, but getting paid in today's business world may be harder. So few jobs, so many applicants. Peace.

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  13. Emily will love the library. And working with plants feeds the heart and soul. You are moving them the right direction, Joanne.

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