Honorable Son #2 has his first official job. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the idea that my baby boy is old enough to drive and work, but alas, both are true.
A month ago a friend shared a job opportunity request with Honorable Son #2. A local haunted house was looking for people to work through the Halloween season. It is a place that our youth group has attended several times, so Son #2 knew the ins & outs of what went on there.
I am not a fan of these kind of seasonal haunted houses or fields, seems to me a place where people “bully” the visitors or take advantage of a person’s weaknesses. I know that is a silly thought, my sons tell me all the time what a crazy idea that is…, “Really Mom,” they say, “people choose to go there, and choose to be scared.” But I still find the whole experience annoying, and thus make a point of staying far away.
When Son #2 showed an interest in pursuing this employment opportunity I imagined him helping with the parking or some other low key operational kind of job. He is, after all, my quiet, thoughtful, introverted kid. Surely he would choose to fill a quiet, helpful, behind-the-scenes kind of job, right?
We collected all his necessary papers; social security card and proof of residence, made a trip to our local high school to get his official working papers, and filled out all the employer paper work. I delivered him to the first training session and returned a couple hours later to find out that his job for the season would be him acting as a scary “hillbilly” with several other “hillbilly” folks in one of the scare room experiences. What?!? My sweet blue-eyed baby boy was going to spend the next 6 weeks “bullying” people?!? And to add to my shock, he loves it!
Once again my children have reinforced the quote, “Never say never.” My choice to stay far away and discourage Halloween haunted places has been replaced with twice nightly trips for drop off and pick up along with encouraging others to experience Son #2 as a scary hillbilly.
Parents don’t need to go visit haunted houses to have their heart rate accelerated…just spend more time with your kids, they can expose your weaknesses and super-charge your heart right in your very own haunted, love-filled house.