When I arrived home from work, I saw the garage door open, the floor swept out, my boxes and tools and coolers all in new positions throughout the garage. My nephew, Zach, had driven down from his home two states away to stay with me for a few days and help me with some odd jobs around the house to earn some money for school. He had just completed his freshman year of college and had $12 to his name. While I was at the office writing articles for my company’s website, he was here, cleaning my garage.
“Wow, it looks great!” I told him, impressed that the layer of dust that had accumulated on the storage shelves over the past couple of years had been washed away, and the piles of dirt and salt that had dripped from my tires last winter had been swept out into the gravel driveway. “You’ve made a lot of progress.”
Cleaning the garage was only part of the work he had done that first day. He also removed the sheets of plastic that covered the wooden window frames in my old, drafty house and had washed all of the glass panes beneath them. Inside and out. And the new toilet seats I had picked up at a nearby home improvement store had been successfully installed. He was quickly checking off items on the to-do list I had made for him.
“I rearranged some things in the garage,” he told me, as I looked around at his work.
“I see that,” I said, trying hard to resist the urge to put things back the way they were. I was new at this “employer” role, and I wanted him to feel good about the work he had done. He had done good work.
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Today I am writing over at The High Calling. Follow the link above to finish the story. I’d love to hear your thoughts on paying other people to do work that you could easily do. What do you think?