I’ve spoken much about mentoring since Butterfly’s inception in 2009 and how important it is to have someone who strongly influences you (for the better) in work and in life. We are all mentors, in a sense, as we continue to be role models for our children, displaying hard work, drive and dedication.
As a mother, I hope to teach my children the value of a dollar and the value of a life well lived. And, I admit I wonder if I have in fact done my job since my son just uttered the words, “Can you take me to Verizon so that I can upgrade to an iPhone 4S?” Like a dagger to the heart... I thought for a moment that I had failed.
Days passed, the weather turned, and snow (7 inches of it) dropped in the Northeast. My children enjoyed a record-breaking October 30th and I enjoyed something more than a school day could ever offer. My son, (yes, the same child who so badly desired that I cart his rear-end to the Verizon store) picked up a shovel and went door to door on a quest to EARN his own money! He and two friends bundled from head to toe and went to work shoveling driveways in the neighborhood. And, after a challenging days work for three kids that barely weigh 200 pounds combined, they collectively earned $190 dollars!!!!
Finally, proof that somewhere along the way I must have succeeded. He was so incredibly proud of what he had accomplished and I was proud of what he had taken away from the experience:
*I am not an ATM machine!
*You must work hard for what you want!
*The realization that I will NEVER buy an 11 yr. old an iPhone! (I don’t even own one!!)
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