Giving Thanks

Or With Slave Wages You Get What You Pay For

As with years past, I could give thanks for health, happiness, a loving family or even good weather on this lovely Thanksgiving Monday. I could… but this year, something different tops my thankful list: Findley’s interest in making a quick buck.

I hate raking leaves. I can disguise it as a quick workout, an afternoon in the yard, or an excuse to spy on my neighbors, but it’s still tediously boring work. The worst part is that once you have cleared an area, you have to go back and do it all over again an hour later. In my perfect world, leaves would be left on the ground over the winter and the decomposition process would be complete by spring, providing a rich fertilizer for my lawn and gardens.

My Utopian dream world may not be a reality, but I have an alternative this year: I am tempting my kids to do the work with cheap wages. Brilliant idea isn’t it? I certainly think so.

Finn is looking for spending money for our upcoming vacation to Florida, and I want to make the raking go away. It’s a win-win situation. At $2.00 per filled bag, it is certainly affordable. The only downside is that Findley has the attention span of a chipmunk and it may take all season to get the job done.

In my opinion, he can take all the time he needs, as long as I don’t have to hold a rake or stomp down a half-full bag of leaves this year! I’ll enjoy the season from my kitchen window, baking apple crisp and pumpkin muffins.

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