When Preston and Lee Young moved into their new house in a quaint, but growing neighborhood, they understood the vacant lot adjacent to theirs would eventually be under construction. What they didn’t expect was their daughter would be learning life skills.
Very soon a large construction crew turned up to start constructing a house on the empty lot. The family’s 5-year-old daughter, Katy, took an intense interest in all the activity going on next door and spent much of each day observing the workers. She eventually asked her mother if she could join them.
Lee began taking Katy for walks allowing her to see things up close and spoke to the construction foreman about little Katy’s interest. They struck up a deal that let Katy spend time SAFELY around the project while mom sat observing in a lawn chair close-by.
Eventually, the crew more-or-less adopted her as a kind of project mascot. They chatted with her, let her sit with them while they had coffee and lunches, and gave her little jobs to do here and there to make her feel important.
At the end of the first week, they even presented her with a pay envelope containing ten dollars. Katy was so excited! Lee was too, as she could see this could be a life-changing moment for her little girl. Daddy suggested she learn another life lesson and took Katy and her $10 “pay” to the bank the next day to start a savings account.
When the family got to the bank, the grandmotherly teller was equally impressed and asked the little Katy how she had come by her very own money at such a young age. The little girl proudly replied, “I worked with a real construction crew building the new house next door to us.”
“Oh, my goodness gracious,” said the teller, “and will you be working on the house again this week, too?”
Katy looked thoughtful, spit on the ground, and replied, “I will, if those lazy assholes at Home Depot ever deliver the fucking sheet-rock and screws!”