On Thursday night, however, child #6 of our seven—age 18—learned she was scheduled to work at King Soopers Marketplace on Easter afternoon. Employed since June, she has worked there throughout her entire high school senior year.
Bummer, though—because nobody wanted her to miss out. We all felt crummy about it.
But, she worked. While the rest of this crazy clan enjoyed food, fellowship, and fun, she did her job.
Maybe “that’s life” has an edge to it, but, um, well … that’s life!
In the real world, there is no one to make it “fair,” take away the inconvenience and hardship of daily living, hand out free stuff, and cover for us when we tire of earning a paycheck.
Successful, accountable living is not about doing what I want, doing what I feel, or getting a trophy for just showing up.
Our daughter entered into an adult-adult contract with her employer. Financial rewards will come her way when she arrives on time, stays to the end of her shift, and while there, takes care of customers, smiles a lot, and does her best work.
I guess she could’ve lied and called in sick. But, funny, that option never crossed our mind. Just as you’d never encourage someone to cheat their employer.
But, from what we’ve learned, Soopers must see a bunch of that. So often, I guess, that if you call in sick on a weekend, you must produce an old-fashion “doctor’s note.” If you don’t, you’re written up for not showing up.
Sadly, it’s a consequence put into place by an employer because too many team members come down with the I-Don’t-Feel-Like-Working blues between 5pm Friday and Sunday eve.
Anyway, we missed having #6 join us on Sunday afternoon, we really did. And #5—our 20-year-old—had to leave the party early to get to her Olive Garden job on time. Another bummer.
But we’re proud of our young, accountable Millennials who are learning about commitment, caring, and contribution because … that’s life.