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What a Day!

Yesterday we had planned to finish some things up for school. But then Dawson got a call about an application for a job that he had put in a couple of months ago. We went to do a face-to-face interview, and before we left Dawson was scheduled to come back to work that afternoon. He will be working at a local car wash. It's a great job for boys, super hard work with great pay. He was there about 2 1/2 hours today and ended up making about $10 an hour with tips. His boss told him that it's not unheard of to earn $100 in tips a day.

Before he went in to work (weird to say that!), he had to go take the required reading proficiency exam for the driver's test. Since he's homeschooled, he didn't take it in 8th grade as public school students do. The test is supposed to take about 1 1/2 hours. It took him 28 minutes. And the report said, "You are eligible to enroll in any college-level course requiring college-level reading." Well ... I think he's doing okay as a homeschooled student. What do you think?

To top it off, we went to lunch with Rick and I bought him a new Xbox 360 game he has been wanting.

He's pretty happy right about now. Great day for a great kid!


  1. Congrats all around to Dawson!

  2. It's always great to get a bit of "assurance" that our homeschooled kids are doing great - even if we already know that to be the case. Congrat's to Dawson!

  3. Is this his first job? How exciting! My oldest is anxious to get a job to earn some spending money, but at 13 he has another couple of years I think. He does babysit here and there (and is a Red Cross Certified Babysitter). I'd say it was a GREAT day for him!


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