24 Feb The Best Lawn Boy Ever
It was the summer of 1978. My brother and I printed out a bunch of flyers and put them in the mailboxes throughout our neighborhood. We got several customers for doing lawn cutting and yard work.
I did a bunch of work for Bill that summer at a couple properties he owned. Bill was a cool guy and I always said he was the favorite boss I ever had. We were in touch a bit after I moved away but lost touch over the years. But things came full circle.
In 2010, my part-time bookkeeper told me one of her other clients was having difficulty with their website and asked me if I could help.
The company owner’s son-in-law created the website for them, but he was too busy to take care of things. I assured my bookkeeper I would see what I could do. I just needed the information to login to their site.
The username on the account spelled out the full name of my old boss Bill from Illinois (I live in Colorado now). I started wondering if the son-in-law was the son of my old boss, Bill Jr. I remembered he had a son Billy.
I talked with my bookkeeper about this. She was good friends with her client and she confirmed that the son-in-law was indeed the son of Bill Jr. from long ago in Illinois. Wow!
Through this I reconnected with my old boss Bill. We had lunch over Mexican grub when he was in town visiting his son.
He told me I was the best lawn boy he’d ever had over the past 40 years. “Boy, could you work,” he said. I squawked a bit about being called a lawn boy but took it as a compliment.