Coming at you from a pretty gloriously lazy day. Ivan took Asher off to his first soccer tournament since he had declared himself “retired” from soccer back in late 2019. I guess he is like Tom Brady and just can’t quite give it up, because he’s back….. Games are at 9:00 and 1:45, about 1 hour away. We made a deal that Ivan would go today, and I’ll take tomorrow.
I slept poorly last night so I’m hoping for a nap at some point. I just finished loading the entire season of soccer practices and games into Google calendar and have some other misc. admin stuff to do.
Quickly though, I wanted to document a couple firsts from this week:
First Day of School 2022- 7th and 8th Grade:
And the combo picture:
Ethan’s First Day of Work!
Ethan had his first shift last night. Sounds like it went great! Of course, they were severely understaffed, as all restaurants still seem to be these days, so he got a very brief intro and then was essentially tossed into the drive-thru to work. HA. A bit of “baptism by fire”. (He said it was fine- “pretty easy”.) I asked if he liked it, and he said yes, so, so far, so good.
One thing I hadn’t even thought about, but that I’m REALLY happy to hear: a bunch of the staff, including his shift manager, are Hispanic! He said the manager asked if he spoke Spanish, and when he said yes, she then switched into Spanish with him for the rest of the night!! (Sounds like her English might not be that strong, from what he said.) SCORE. It’s like work + Spanish class all in one. This is a major perk. What he really needs right now is lots and lots of practice speaking Spanish, so this is perfect. He said the manager commented that he was picking the job up very quickly and that he was “muy inteligente”! 😉
I can already sense that this job is going to boost his maturity a ton. Just having to interact with (adult) customers, other staff, managers, etc. will push him out of his comfort zone and help him grow in communication skills. I asked him what he would say to the drive thru customers as he handed them their food, and he said, “Well, usually I would say, “Here you go, have a nice evening!” And if their food wasn’t ready yet, I would hand them their drinks, and then say, “The rest of your order will be up in just a moment.”” 🙂
He had also considered applying at the movie theater (they also hire 14 year olds), but I’m glad he landed on McDonald’s. I personally think the fast-paced environment there will be a lot more fun. The cinema seems a little boring, to me.
Our 15th Anniversary
And finally, a couple pics from our 15th wedding anniversary! It was very nice. A relaxing, laid back evening- just what we wanted.
I am grateful that Ethan had a good experience on his first day of work. Hoping that it continues to be a positive experience for him.