Today we had a young boy come to the door asking if he could mow our yard. We didn’t know they boy and told him no, we’d do it ourselves. And he walked away disappointed.
Its not that the yard didn’t need mowing, and I certainly didn’t want to do it. I’ve got a shower to work on.
Now I’m a little frustrated. Here I had a young boy, who wanted to work, at my door step. I certainly don’t want to discourage some one, especially a kid, who wants to work from actually working. But what I don’t need is something happening to the boy, and then getting sued by his parents. Am I being a too paranoid about such things?
When I was growing up, I had my ass worked off by people who were willing to let me do manual labor for them. I mowed grass, picked apples, cleaned out fence rows, barns, gutters, you name it. And I’m a better person because they took the time to work me into the ground.
Maybe next time, I’ll ask the boy for his parents phone number and we’ll have a conversation about it first.
God knows we need more kids in this world who know the value of hard work.