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I'm sorry Ted

I messed up. I messed up real bad. Hopefully this will help me get over it. We had our Mother's Day Open House about three weeks ago here at the nursery. Lots of people, food, music, fun. So, you know I sell records here at the nursery. If my job ever gets stressful, I just go get lost in those for a bit. People come in and dig through records, play them, buy them. It is fun for everyone. Well, at some point on Mother's Day, two teenage girls asked if they could play some records. I said sure, just don't open the new ones. I have old records from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, that are already open and ready to be put on the turntable and played. But I also have brand new records of new music or reissues of old music that are sealed in plastic. Those are for sale if someone that wants a brand new unplayed record. Well, later that day I found the plastic where two of my new records had been opened. I went back and checked the security footage. The two teenage girls didn't open the records, but a teenage boy with them did. You can see in the video they were telling him not to, but he did it anyway. It happens time to time, not a big deal. Anyway I had seen this teenage boy talking to a friend of mine's son that day. So I called my friend. Hey, there was this kid in the record room. He had on a backwards hat, long hair, black t-shirt. Would you happen to know who that was? My friend said, oh yeah, that was Ted (name has been changed). This is the moment where you count to 10 or maybe even 1000 to make sure you are making the right decision. I didn't even count to 1. I asked if he had Ted's parents phone number. He did. I called his mom and said hey I think your son opened these new records today. I don't want him in any trouble or anything, but just wanted you to know, and maybe ask him if he will not do that again. She was so sweet and apologized and said she would take care of it. So, still Mother's Day, about an hour later. In walk Ted's parents with Ted. There was just one problem. The kid walking in was not the kid from the video. He did have long hair, black shirt, and a hat, but this was not the same kid. My heart dropped . . . The dad, again super nice, had his son ask what happened. I immediately got on my knees in front of this kid and apologized over and over. I told him I was so sorry. I knew it was not him, that he just looked like the kid in the video. His parents laughed and totally understood. They were not upset at all. I took this super sweet kid out to the greenhouse. We found him a plant, a pot, and we got him a nice houseplant for his room. This was not my finest moment. I'm learning daily in life and at work to not react so quickly to things. 24 hours of thought usually leads to a clearer head. Lesson learned. So . . . sorry Ted. I hope your new plant is thriving and that you will always remember the crazy garden center guy! Speaking of lessons learned. I'm learning quickly that if you don't have the right plants in the right spot, they just won't do well. We've got just what you need for your hot weather container gardens and landscape. Come see us!

Happy Gardening,

JD Boone

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