I don’t know where time has gone, but I sure wish it would slow down some. I’ve done the best I can all along, to cherish every moment of watching all of my children grow up, knowing it will all happen too fast. It’s yet another reason I school my kids myself. I don’t want to miss any of their fleeting childhood. Still, it seems like yesterday that my first baby girl, Alexis Grace, was born. She grew up in the blink of an eye. Next thing I knew, she was in high school, and taller than me! She’s athletic and strong, and it blows me away.
And now she has a real job! She’s been trying to figure out how to get one sooner for awhile now. She has worked with both Michael and I in our businesses quite a bit, in the past few years, weeding and prepping truck lettering with Michael, and as my photographer’s assistant when I was doing a lot more portrait work. We’ve paid her of course. Also, she’s actually been pretty creative at finding safe ways to make a little cash of her own, in the meantime, too. I’d venture to say she chooses to spend her time differently than typical girls her age. She’s a determined soul, who loves to research, earn her own way, and make things happen. If anyone is interested for their own young teen kids, I can share those ideas at another time. She’s always been diligent with every dollar she’s gotten. Since she was little, she’s been strict with her own budget for spending and saving. And now, she’ll be making a real pay check from someone else, other than us. There was a lot to consider, knowing she has a lot on her schedule, especially with schooling, and more upcoming heavy sport seasons. Not to mention of course, being such a young age still, at 14. But she gets excellent grades, is self-disciplined with her daily responsibilities like clockwork, and has been really wise with her money. There was really no reason to not let her. She was hired in a heart beat. We just had to get some extra paperwork signed off here and there, because of her age.
She’ll be working at a nursery here in town, watering all of the flowers, helping customers, etc. It’s a job we’re comfortable with as her parents, because we’ve known the owner for years. He’s a good client of Michael’s, so we trust him to watch out for her, and he has a good staff. Also, it’s all outdoors, where Alexis loves to be. It’ll be real hot some days this summer, when the humidity kicks in. But it’s still pretty ideal work for her. I’m excited for her!
The funny thing is, I used to work at a nursery and greenhouse for a couple of years in high school, right around the same age as she is. I have to admit, I was not all that interested in plants and flowers at that time. But I was working with my friend, so it wasn’t all that bad. I learned what I had to know, to take care of the plants and flowers, and help customers. But it was just a job to me. My second job, actually, working with a lot of plants and flowers. I started working when I was 9 years old, cleaning an older couple’s home and maintaining their impeccable landscaped yard on Saturdays, until I was about 14. I got paid well too! But I was well into my married years, before I honestly took an interest in real gardening and such. However, when I fell in love with it all, I fell hard! I really love working in my gardens.
The funny thing is, my daughter is as passive as I was about gardening right now, as I was at her age. She’s not as into it as my younger daughter is. To her credit, she’ll volunteer to water the gardens on summer nights, which I always appreciate. But I have wished she would love gardening as much as I do. So this job of hers, gives me hope. Already, she jumped in and helped plant some flowers the other night with me. It could very well be that all she learns at her job, will serve her well, years down the road. I think it’s a wonderful education to have. I know I was happy to have some agricultural knowledge and experience to draw on, once I decided to start gardens of my own. I believe she’ll be a valued employee, because she is definitely a people-person, always smiling, loves to help people, takes pride in her work, and despite her supposed lack of interest, she really remembers the names of flower varieties! I’m just so excited she’ll be working in this environment, in particular. I mean, what a great first job on her own.
Well enough chatting. Yes? I’ve been having fun taking photos of the beautiful blooms around our home. Some are on the edge of neighbor’s property. I am always so happy with my camera in my hand. So I thought I’d share with you some of my photos.
And more Foxglove.
I think this last shot is my favorite, tied with the Iris. What’s yours?
Also, I’d love to know how old you or your teens were when you got your first job, and what you did. Scroll down and tell us about it.
So glad you came by. : )
Great pics as always 🙂 Luke loves taking photos like this too, & I am really happy he took up such a great hobby. Maybe someday it’ll grow into more-like flowers. My fave is the Iris. It reminds me of a Van Gogh. My 1st real job was at a park for environmental studies & gardening was involved! They had a colonial garden, which I had to help maintain. This meant lots of weeding UGH! Some days, summer camps would come in & we’d take the kids on hikes, explain the nature of it all, & teach science lessons too. This was done through fun & games though.
Zach & Luke have a pt job that they share. They pick up litter at a local funeral home which is located on a block here in Philly between a pizza shop & a 7-11. We’ve known the owners for years, so we felt like you do for Alexis. It is how Luke saved for his Canon!
Congrats to Miss A on her new gig!!! Time flies Laura I need it to slow down too.
Hey Lou! It really is a great hobby for Luke. I already had the photography bug bad, by the time I was his age, too. How awesome that he saved for his Canon with his job money! I think it’s so true that kids this age appreciate and care for their things more, when they worked for it and paid for it themselves.
I am so glad you mentioned the Iris, and Van Gogh! Ever since I took that photo, it has had such a familiarity to it, and I couldn’t figure out why! I kept wondering, “Did I already take a photo just like this?” So you solved my mystery. Thanks! lol
So you had a great first job too! Not a typical first job, like a fast food restaurant or something. I know….the weeding. I rather enjoy it now, but at that young age, not so much. For the older folks I worked for while a kid myself, I had to weed in between their whole huge flat rock patio, in between all of the rocks, digging them all out with paring kitchen knife. Took for-evah! In the hot sun-on my knees. Fun times! lol Did I mention though, that we had tea timebreak at 11:00, and she made a great lunch for 1:30 or so, too. ; )
I will pass on your congrats to Miss A for you. I love that our babies are growing up together in a way, having similar time frames in their lives. But wish they REALLY were growing up together. Philly is too darn far away. Such a bummer to me.
Thanks for the comment Lou!! <3
Oh these flower photos are just gorgeous!
I know exactly what you mean about the kids growing up so fast! Mine were grown and gone in a blink of an eye and I suffered badly from the “empty nest” syndrome! Was so happy when the Grandkids game along!
Oh, really? I try not to think about that day coming for me. My heart drops just thinking about an empty nest. 🙁 I think I’ll have that syndrome too!
Thanks for coming by, and the kind words, Lisa! : )
Beautiful flowers! I wish I had a green thumb.
Oh, it’s a learned process for some. (Like me!) You could do it!
Thanks for stopping by and saying ‘Hi’ again, Summer! : )