|Sister bleeds brown now.|
I recognize, however, that this is a terrific learning opportunity for her. Lessons to be learned on the value of earning a dollar, the disappointment of how much comes out for taxes, being punctual, loyal and hardworking. But most of all it will start her down the path of personal finances. She'll learn how to budget and plan for the future and how quickly the money can be spent if not careful.
She wasn't too picky on where she wanted to work. She mentioned the local Sonic drive-in which, actually, is where my father got his first full-time job but I didn't like the thought of her being out late and dealing with possible drunks on late night binges. I snapped her up an application at the local ranch store...which is where I wanted her to work. I imagined having the inside scoop on sales and clearance items before the general public. Yeah, I'm selfish like that.
But a better opportunity came up. The local UPS store that we use for our post office box had an opening and I had gotten to know the owner and a lot of the employees over the past year. The employee base is made up of high school or just out of high school aged young folks. They get to dress casual and on occasion wear jeans. They are all very friendly and act respectable. Most of all, I like that they aren't open on Sundays.
Wifey helped her fill out the application and I double checked all the deduction stuff. She turned in her application and had an interview the next week. We role played with her a little on how to answer the common questions in an interview: "Why do you want to work here?" and "Why should we hire you?" and the ever popular "Tell us your strengths and weaknesses" question.
She was hired on the spot! Her first part time job is at the local UPS store and we're celebrating when we pick her up at 2 o'clock today by patronizing one of our favorite places: Panda Express. My little Princess is coming to the end of her high school years, working her first job and talking a lot about going to college.
Where does the time go....