September 1, 2012 11:40 AM
Jonny's work ethicSo, it's Saturday morning and I'm still dealing with the pain and exhaustion accompanying these twice-a-day belly shots I'm on to hopefully get rid of my clot. Tripp is working and I'm home alone with the Downzers. Jesse, Daniel and Justin are doing chores upstairs - making beds, gathering laundry, emptying trash. Julie Andrews is in the air, singing "The Sound of Music" and Jonny is singing along operatically in the kitchen. I'm grabbing a few moments to catch up on email and facebook when I remember I need to give Daniel his meds.
Here's what I find in the kitchen:
Jonny has the most incredible work ethic and we have been trying to patch together a fulltime roster of jobs for him. Sometimes because his speech isn't clear people make assumptions they shouldn't make. He's not stupid. He's bright and eager to make a contribution to the world. He walked into that kitchen and decided to take it apart and clean it right - and he didn't need any help planning.
Our older kids always said every family would be better off with a Jonny in their life. I agree and can only wish others the satisfaction of raising a child who finds such joy in serving!
Wow! Go Johnny! I could appreciate a child with that kind of hard-working desire to serve in my family.
Posted by: Sherry | September 1, 2012 11:49 AM
Way to go, Jonny! Can I send you my address?!
Posted by: Betty | September 1, 2012 12:28 PM
I need a Jonny too! Seriously. I've been thinking of and praying for you all week, and I actually had the thought that a "white tornado" cleaning crew coming thru might help you feel better (I know it would, me). Looks like you're covered! God bless your dear young man. And may you continue to recover and have peace of heart.
Posted by: Kate J | September 1, 2012 1:27 PM
Way to go, Johnny!
And yah for the Curtis family. Isn't it refreshing when organization and cleaning happening in our homes!
We have a God-given service oriented child, so much so that as she's grown into adulthood we've had to teach her how to set healthy bounderies and not be taken advantage of. She is the first to volunteer and the last to stop working.
We've always been a family that has worked together. Since we believe that a healthy work ethic is SO important, we are constantly striving to teach our children to do the work and to find joy in the work.
Our son, who by God-given nature is a serious otter--loves to play, at almost 16 yrs. old has become a good worker and I'm proud of that. As he continues in this, I have confidence that he will be willing to work (not just a paid salary) for his family.
Barbara, have you ever thought of hiring Johnny out to help people with cleaning their homes? Of course you wouldn't want to hire him out to just any family, but some would appreciate his work and service. We are so overwhelmed with more work than our family can do right now (I've been sick/down, too), and I would would be so happy for Johnny's help. Just a thought.....
I'm glad you posted this. We'll all look at other downzers in a new a different way.
Posted by: von | September 1, 2012 2:13 PM
`That is quite impressive.
Posted by: Trudy Callan | September 1, 2012 2:28 PM
Wow! Jonny's amazing. I know I'd feel tremendously better if I'd been down and someone REALLY cleaned my kitchen. Kudos to you, Barbara, for being such a great mom to your kids!!
Posted by: Debbie | September 1, 2012 2:45 PM
Very wonderful! This made my day!
Posted by: Julie | September 1, 2012 3:12 PM
Oh my goodness, yes I love this! God really is blessing you through him right now. :)
Posted by: Lisa | September 1, 2012 3:43 PM