This will be a long story. We bought a house but before we can move in there are weeks of work to do and I am old and tired. We met our neighbors a while back and they let us know that they were going on vacation and asked us to keep a spare eye on their house. Well yesterday a young boy was mowing their lawn and since this is going to be a very hot weekend here in Michigan I went out to talk to him to see if I could hire him to do our lawn to save dh the work. I asked the young man how much he charged to mow the lawn and he said "nothing". Taken a little aback (but suspecting all along) I asked him why he was doing that and he said "to be helpful." I cannot tell you how impressed I was with him. (He's 13 years old.) Well, in two shakes of a lamb's tail I hired him to do our lawn (he didn't want to charge me to do it.) He was done in what seemed minutes and did an excellent job. Since we didn't discuss a price and still he did an excellent job I paid him more than I thought the job was worth.
When he was done we talked for a while and I told him that I had a lot more work he could do . He mentioned that he had a brother and I told him if they wanted to earn a few bucks they could show up today and I would put them to work. Well he showed up all right, with his whole family. I met them all. An altogether lovely group.
I put the boys to work, six hours of hard and sometimes disgusting work. These two kids aged 13 and 16 worked like Trojans. I did get them to take a break at lunch but everytime I told them to take a little break they said okay and just kept on working.
I thought I was going to need them to work for days to get to all of the stuff that was really bothering me. But in six hours they took care of the very worst of the work and all that is left is stuff that really needs to be done by mature adults who know how to handle machinery or who have real experience with a paint brush.
Because I promised them more work when we first started I feel I have to have them come over again so now I am scrambling to think of stuff to keep them busy for 1/2 a day. And at the rate these kids work that will be a tough task. For sure when we actually are ready to move I am hiring these kids to help.
It is so very refreshing to find two kids with such a great work ethic and I made sure to tell their parents too. I am going to write them each a letter of reference so that if they need it they can let other folks know that they are very responsible workers. Gosh, it's good to see some good in human beings. Oh, and did I mention that when I told these boys that I would pay them for their work they said "That's not necessary, we just want to help?" I may have to adopt them or at the very least kidnap them.