Meet the help!

Is this the picture of an internship, an apprenticeship, or some cruel form of slave labor?  The answer probably depends on when and whom you ask, I suppose. The person in question, a day when the boss is particularly busy and frazzled, will likely tell you it's the last of those.

This is my 14-year-old son.  His dad and I thought it would be a Good Thing for him to take on some of the responsibilities of a job this summer, but those are hard to come by for kids his age in our area. So we decided he could spend the summer working for his mom.

Poor kid. His boss isn't always easy to get along with.  Plus, the boss lady is kind of a perfectionist.

But he's doing great!  He's starting out making chain, and next he'll be finishing cords, making earwires, and making bead link chains.  

It's been a lot of fun (for me, at least) so far; we set up something we both want to listen to, and sit sort of back-to-back (that's the only way it works, the way the room is set up), and laugh and crack jokes while we shape and twist and bend the projects in our hands.

Valuable experience?  Well, thus far, it certainly has been for me.  And I hope that he sees it that way too.

 In any case, we're making lots of memories, and those last lots longer than any chain. 



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