Master Hand Grenade is home! He has finished his summer job just in time to begin his senior year of High School. Never to remain static for long, Master Hand Grenade has plans to put an application in at the local grocer in hopes of securing a position as an apprentice butcher. He hopes to work through the school year and beyond in an effort to gain enough experience to become a butcher in his own right.
After getting settled in his room, Hand Grenade came downstairs and we spent the afternoon talking about his summer. We talked about the lessons he had learned and the faith that had grown in him as he sought to know God. We talked about the difficult situations he had found himself in and the fun excursions he had enjoyed. After hours of laughing and reconnecting, Master Hand Grenade offered to show me what he treasured most from his summer away. Reaching into his pocket, I expected him to produce a fat check or a wad of cash - the fruits of his hard work. Instead, he pulled out an envelope containing one, thin letter. "Mom", he said, "this is worth more to me than all of the money I made this summer".
And this is what I read:
August 22, 2013
To Whom it May Concern:
I would like you to know that Master Hand Grenade worked for us this summer of 2013...
Master Hand Grenade...
- Is a fine young man...honest and caring and can be left to work alone and continues to work
- Came to work on time and worked the hours and days he committed himself to
- Was very courteous and respectful to everyone he came in contact with on the job
- Had a very positive attitude
- Had a variety of jobs to do, while employed...
- mowing with riding lawnmower
- weed eating
- tearing down rock wall
- cutting rebar
- steam cleaning
- assisting with engine rebuild
- splitting wood with wood splitter
- stacking wood in woodshed
- helping with any 'odd jobs' that we had around the estate and home
- Master Hand Grenade is welcome back to work for us next year, if he so chooses and we would highly recommend him to other employers as a very good employee
- Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have...
Although Hand Grenade was well paid, even earning an end-of-season bonus, he considered this letter of recommendation to be the greatest achievement of his time spent away.
As parents, we always raise our children with fear and trepidation. Are we being too hard on them? Not hard enough? Have we instilled good character qualities? Have we prepared them to take their place in society and still maintain their integrity? Will they figure out what's really important and treasure those things? And then we have moments like these....moments when we are given a glimpse of the people our children are becoming - and it is good.
A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches
and loving favor rather than silver and gold.