Yes, Cheryl, I will now have to work much hard er and much longer because of the minimum wage increase. But I trust that the good Lord will still take care of me and everything will be OK.
Paul and I started our business over twenty years ago for many reasons. One of these was to provide a place for our children to go to after school and in the summer. .."Idle hands are the devil's handiwork!"...and where they could learn valuable life lessons. And indeed, they did! While their friends were stuck in the house playing Atari, Mario and Luigi and Pacman (does anyone remember those?), or up to no good at the magical hour of 4:20pm (it took me years to figure out why that time was so 'special"!!! ), our kids were learning to run a cash register, place orders with salespeople, wait on customers, balance a checkbook, look adults in the eye, speak politely and clearly and experienced first-hand the value of a hard-earned dollar. You'd have to ask them, but I know there are plenty more memories (good AND bad).
Except for my fifteen year old still at home, the older four have grown into fine young adults, with successful careers and marriages of their own (except for my 30 year old son Christopher who is still single...anyone?? anyone??... ) .
Owning a Lawn and Garden Center has unique needs in the labor pool. Though open year-round (we also sell pet foods and other items), the seasonal nature of a nursery requires that we hire additional help during our busy spring/summer season. We always tried to help others and give a chance to some who otherwise would have a hard time finding work. Heck, we've even had some parents beg us to let their son/daughter work for us...WITHOUT PAY...just so they could see that money does not grow on trees and that anything worth having in life is worth working and waiting for. Looks like we were known for a good, solid work ethic!
One mother wanted us to have her teenage son just dig a big hole...and then have us tell him to fill it back up again! I think she was a little desperate , but most of those we took on, did thank us for the lessons they learned, and the experience they gained. I lost track of the number of people who spoke so highly of Paul and of their time at our Garden Center at his viewing last year. Anyway...
What is my point relative to this discussion? I'm not learned enough to speak credibly about the pros and cons others have brought up. I just know that in my case, money was not always the issue. Some things cannot have a price tag put on them.
Just the past two weeks, I've had five very motivated, upstanding, bright young people wanting me to hire them. Since I'm treading on thin ice - in more ways than one - and trying to run this whole thing on my own for the very first time, I knew that I needed some extra workers, and they all would bring something positive to my business, I said OK! Now, I must sit down and reconcile the cost of paying them to do the extra work, versus not. They ALL quite plainly told me that $7.25 per hour was just fine with them, for most only wanted a part-time job and they had heard through the grapevine that my store was a great, exciting place to work. What do I do? Even before this wage increase goes into effect, I don't think I can manage to keep them all. I still believe it will all work out. It always does. Just glance at the pictures of the Madonna and Divine Mercy Jesus hanging on my walls.
Jesus, I trust in You! :rosary: :theheart: