I have to say, I’m a sucker for a smelly, overpriced candle, especially this time of year. My friend Jenny and I love to stroll the shopping streets of the tri-state area and duck in to little boutiques filled with the sweet and savory scents of autumn. So my interest was piqued today when I read that Mike Kittredge, son of the Yankee Candle Company founder of the same name, opened the Kringle Candle Company this weekend in Bernardston, Mass at just 20 years old.
Kittredge told the attendant news media that he and his father are made from the same mold, saying, “My dad had started when he was sixteen years old in his basement, and this company I started when I was 17 years old in my basement.” Despite any suspected nepotism, the Yankee Candle Company owner says his son’s success is his own. “It’s really his company, but I’m happy to do a little design work; it was always my favorite part of the business,” he said.
I got to thinking about children who follow in their parent’s footsteps, and whether or not that’s a good thing. My own daughter is just 5, but I can already see that I may have a little performer on my hands. She’s really quite an excellent dancer, which is both thrilling to watch, and a bit scary, too. As much as I love performing and love that my daughter might love it, too, I know what a difficult path the life of an artist can be, and I sort of secretly wish she’ll want to be a lawyer when she grows up. (For a non-profit, of course.) But if she does choose to pursue dance or any other artistic/creative career, I’ll support her one hundred percent. If all goes well, my career won’t be able to hold a candle to hers.
Would you be happy to see your child follow in your footsteps? Or do you hope they do something completely different?