Growing up Hardware Kid!

1. The parents can hardly wait for the day you’ll be able to TALK. Cause that’ll be the day you can start selling hardware items to the customers at the family hardware store.

2. The parents can hardly wait for the day you’ll be able to WALK. Cause that’ll be the day you can hustle-bustle around and follow through their instructions (for the day).

3. The parents can hardly wait for the day you can learn to COUNT and do (simple) math. Cause that’ll be the day- from opening hours to closing hours- you get to be the HUMAN Cash Register. You have to learn to add/subtract in your head, without using the calculator! The greatest challenge would be to try and beat them at it– that before they can tell you how much the change will be, you actually have it ready at the side!

4. The parents can hardly wait for the day you can learn to WRITE. Cause that’ll be the day you can start making price tags manually, plus you get to stick them on their respective items and at the same time check on the inventory coming in.

5. The parents can hardly wait for the day you can learn to SPELL (more) words. Cause that’ll be the day you can start taking orders and write on sales invoices. Proudest moment: sold one bag of cement! no erasures, neat handwriting! Lol Next goal would be to distinguish enamel paint from latex paint.

6. The parents can hardly wait for the day you can GROW up a bit, like an inch or two taller and a few pounds heavier. Cause that’ll be the day they’ll leave you in charge with arranging/ rearranging and cleaning stocks (smaller items) inside the store.

7. The parents can hardly wait for the school year to end. Cause the word “vacation” should not go together with the word “summer.” Job would be the more appropriate word, I guess. Summer Job. Which isn’t really a job, cause we still had fun playing on top of the piles of sacks of cement (the authentic hardware kid playground).

Looking back, it was fun! Growing up as hardware kids taught us a lot of things. It made us understand the meaning of hard work, the real essence of money in our world, and being grateful for it all.

Even now, no visit in the city is complete without an educational tour, with Vati as our tour guide, in the magical land of Ace Hardware. Oh all those nuts and bolts!

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