And the learning starts……now!

My son has his first job this summer. He is a dishwasher at a sleep away camp. It is a tough job and it came with a tough boss.

For the first couple of weeks, he was lonely and tired and frankly, ready to quit.

I am happy (and relieved) to report that he is, in his own words, going to stick it out.

Here is what he has figured out so far:

  • Having a cute teller deposit your first pay cheque is cool
  • Being able to buy stuff that your parents won’t is nice
  • Dishes don’t get homesick or wet the bed
  • You can use your non-working time to do stuff with your friends.
  • A tough boss is only tough when you are at work. It is possible to have fun in the other parts of your life.
  • A good night’s sleep always makes you feel better.

That’s quite a bit to learn at 17. Many of these things did not gel for me until I was in my thirties and forties so kudos to him for getting through it.

I don’t know whether this experience will give him a leg up on having a successful career but I am pretty sure he will never be a dishwasher again.

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  1. Dianne Colling

    Congratulations to your son, for sticking it out. And congratulations to his parents for pointing out the advantages of sticking with a tough job. All excellent experience for this game of life.

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