A twelve-year-old wrote a letter to the place where her dad was doing odd jobs and Dad ended up with a full-time job.
Andy Hess lost his job in 2008 when the company where he was employed as a painter went out of business. He’d picked up a little work at Oregon Motorcoach, but nothing full-time.
Then came the letter. According to the Register-Guard, Cheyenne Hess stuck the following in Andy’s lunchbox:
“Dear Ed Reed,
Please give my Dad a job at Oregon Motorcoach. He has been out of a job since December 2008 and he deserves this job and you deserve such a great painter, he has a great painting skill. He has painted cars, coaches and he always has a good attitude about what he has to do. He has always been a good Dad, painter and lovely husband and friend. If you hire him you would be getting a good deal and a lot of new customers for life. My Dad has never been rude to anyone so you won’t have to worry about having meetings with him. So please, please, please hire him. He always has great ideas at meetings and never needs an assistant.
Sincerely, Cheyenne Hess.”
The operations manager at the motorcoach center is Ed Read. And although Andy didn’t hand him the letter – he was afraid of putting his boss on the spot – somehow he was on the same page. Read called Andy into his office and gave him the job. Then Andy showed him the letter – and Read keeps it in his office these days.
Sweet story overall, and Dad did the right thing by hiding it from his boss rather than feeling like he’d guilted him into the job offer. Would you let the boss see a letter like that?
On the one hand, you don’t want to disappoint your kid. On the other, how do you feel like you earned your own job if your kid plays a role?
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