Skip The Candy, My Calling Is In Face Cream
elah (8) and Caiden (6) came to the office last week and quite seriously asked their Dad for a job. After a quick interview they were sent to report to Laura. A few minutes in the Customer Service Department was all that was needed for Laura to determine that their skill set was best suited for the Research and Development Lab. Gina and Allison were sent two new "workers" to put on task.
It was like déjà vu for me when I came downstairs to see them work. I've spent countless hours trying to focus in the lab with either Caiden or Selah on my back or at my feet. It was at the end of the day and Gina and Allison had to give up all hope of accomplishing anything else in the final minutes of their day. Selah and Caiden feel completely at home in the lab.
They both went straight for the hairnets, gloves and lab coats and were ready to be put to work. And they were dead serious about being put to work.
I have to shake my head and laugh because I have truly created my own replacements at Essential Wholesale. When they go out for a walk they gather plant material and bring it home to experiment with making soap and various concoctions. Every other day I find strange combinations of toothpaste, mouthwash, herbs, water and soap in plastic bottles in their bathrooms. When Caiden skinned her knee, Selah made her very own treatment to cure her wound. Caiden swears up and down that it worked.
A few weeks ago the girls had friends over and I walked up to the bathroom and could smell that they were "creating" some sort of minty formula. As I rounded the corner their friend declare, "Selah said that you told her that it was 'good to be creative all the time'" in defense of the mess they had created. Creativity runs in our blood, passed down from my mother!
Give it 15 years and the blog posts will be authoried by Selah. She diligently writes stories. She may eventually have the talent to do the graphics as well. She draws amazing characters to go with her stories. Caiden will be the one doing the public speaking and teaching. Together they will create a wide array of products to keep Essential Wholesale in the forefront of the industry. Keegan (15) has no plans of being involved in the lab; he just wants to run the company. So at least there won't be a power struggle.
Yesterday, I went on a field trip with Selah to a local candy factory. As the tour went on our guide asked, "do you want to work at our chocolate factory?" All the kids, except Selah, hollered, "YES!" Selah turned to me and said, "I already have a job."