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beginning to feel like a married man again. I’m not sure exactly what that
feeling is like; all I know it is here and growing. It kinda makes a man feel
completed. There is no guarantee that feeling will come with saying I do.
is more like a warrantee where when something goes wrong you just fix it. This
is a lifetime warrantee for those who stand fast and the marriage will serve
the partners for a life time.
some are not cooperative and their conduct voids the warrantee and the marriage
is over. I also know what that is all
about from experience and want to make sure it never happens again.
We were so
glad to have Aunt Betty back again. She does so much around the place. I wanted
to hire a cook but she loves to cook and with me and Lacy pitching in we should
get by with no trouble at all.
My boss, Mr.
Hudson was anxious to for me to return to work so he could leave for the coming
vacation he had planned. His holiday was
to be at least for a year and I was somehow to be involved.
He asked me to
come to his house for he wanted to talk to me. I told Lacy I didn’t know if I
would be looking for a new job or what he had in mind.
She said, “Don’t
worry it’ll work out alright.”
reason I was a little apprehensive. I suppose that is to be expected when you
don’t know what you future is going to be.
As I pulled
up to Mr. Hudson’s mansion I composed myself and pulled my shoulders back and
rang the doorbell. A tall austere
gentleman opened the door and asked my name. He already knew who I was so I
thought it strange for him to ask that.
realized that was part of his butler instructions in doing his job. He escorted
me into what appeared to be a den and asked me to be seated, Mr. Hudson would
be in shortly he said and left.
This was a large
property and the house was very elegant. There was no way you could compare my
house to this.
While waiting two young girls came in and started at me and
said; “Are you the one who is going to be fired?”
I just sat
there with my mouth open and really didn’t have a comeback for those remarks.
ran out giggling and Mr. Hudson yelled a few threatening words at them as he
He said, ‘Those
darn kids. They are always doing something stupid. They must take after my
wife’s side of the family, because they always try to make people
uncomfortable.What did they say to you?”
I said, ‘Nothing
of any importance, but why am I here?”
been doing a great job with the company you are running.”
I said, ‘Thank
you it is coming alone pretty well but it will get better.”
He went on; “Yes
it is doing well, so well it makes me wonder why my other companies aren’t
doing as well. Are you familiar with my
I said, “Yes
“Do you have
any idea as to what is wrong with them?”
I said, “Perhaps
but I’d rather not say for it would only reflect on the mangers and they are
doing the best they can under the guide lines laid out for them.”
saying I’m the problem?”
“No, I can’t
say that because you are making money and that is the name of the game.”
think you could do a better job than I am doing?”
I said, “You
don’t want me to answer that do you? No
matter what I say it isn’t going to sound right. Actually I don’t know what you
are dealing with so it would be impossible for me to know if I could do as well
as you are doing.Perhaps I should
resign and that will put us both at ease.
In my mind
was the words the children said; “Are you the one who is going to be fired”?
He went on
and said; “Enough of this bantering back and forth. You know I’m going to take
a year off and take a vacation and I need someone to oversee all of the
businesses while I’m gone.”
I said, “Yes
He said, “Who
do you think I should entrust the job to?”
given it much thought, I assumed it would be one of the vice presidents.”
He said, “I
wouldn’t trust anything to those idiots. The only reason they have their
positions is because they are my wife’s relatives. I need someone who understands business and is
successful in doing it. Would you be able to handle this job?”
“Yes if I had the authority to do what was needed to be done without
interference from the members of the board. I couldn’t be controlled by those (using your
words, ‘idiots’,) and still do the job as it should be done.”
He said, “Okay
I guess you’ll do.”
I’m in full control over all the businesses and how they are run. With power to
hire and fire if I want to and make any necessary changes I deem necessary?”
He said, “Yes
but don’t go crazy and ruin my businesses.”
I said, “Of
course not. I said there is one thing we haven’t discussed and that is salary.”
He said, “I
thought you would continue at the same salary you’ve been getting.”
I asked, ‘Would
you do the job for what I make?”
He said, “Of
stands to reason that I can set my own salary commensurate with others in my
He said, “Yes
I guess so but again don’t go crazy.”
I said, “Fine,
I assume you will deal with the board and tell them I only answer to you and
not to any of them.”
He said, “Yes
that is the deal and I will take care of it. Come in to the office tomorrow and we will go
over everything you need to know about the businesses. I’m not leaving for
three weeks and by then you should have everything under control.”
I asked, ‘Should
I replace my position in my company with someone.”
ahead and do that, someone you can trust and knows how the company is running.”
done I said.” On the way out his kids came up to me and said, “Are you canned?”
I smiled and
said; “Beat it brats,” and they ran off laughing.