Boy, we know what that means don’t we? From infancy through adolescence, teens, young adult and mature years we all need and want to be feed. One of Americans favorite past times is eating out – at all ages. All you have to do is visit any restaurant and you will see and hear all ages there – enjoying the food, refreshments and company.
Eating at the dinner table back in the 50’s was the thing to do. It was a time to catch up on the activities of the day and to simply share one another’s company. Then the next 20 or 30 years changed things in our lives. Our lives became so filled with all types of activities and busyness that sitting down at the dinner table together just became more and more challenging.
Then 911 happened.
Suddenly many of us began to think differently about our lives. We began to re-evaluate the time we spent (or didn’t spend) with our families and friends. I think we began to appreciate quality in everything in our lives – including the quality time we spent with our family and friends.
The busyness of our lives did not slow down but the choices we made changed. We found a way to gather at the dining table to share our daily lives once again but we were too tired to cook or forgot how to cook (that would definitely apply to me) so what did we do? We found our favorite restaurants with really good food and an atmosphere that felt welcoming.
All this leads me to the third article about families in business. One of my favorite places to gather with friends for good food and refreshments and deserts is JoJacks (http://www.jojackscafe.com/). The staff is so welcoming and the food is really fresh and good AND on just about any given day you might find Renee and Dan’s (the owners) two children Jackson, their son and Jordan, their daughter working side by side with their parents. It warms my heart every time I see them there.
Recently I was there and little Jordan was helping out by wiping down the tables and refilling the cup supply for mom and dad. She was so cute – she looks just like a little Renee. Jackson (who looks an awful lot like his dad) was behind the counter taking orders for lunch. Both of these kids had the biggest smiles on their faces. They were happy to be there. It reminded me of my childhood working with my mother in her hair salon, sweeping floors and shampooing her customers. I loved being in the business with my mother – it made me feel like an important part of our little family.
Most people think that working for your family is cushy and fun and easy. That was not my experience at all. My mother had high expectation for me and I was taught to do things the right way and to be polite and friendly to the customer.
She did not cut me any slack! You could see these same qualities being taught to Jackson and Jordan. As busy as I could see mom and dad were, you could still feel their parental eye on their children and their desire to teach them how to take pride in their work and how to do their best.
I hate to say it but taking pride in what you do and working hard for what you have, rather than expecting everything to be handed to you on a silver platter, is very rare today. We adults have created a generation of children who have an attitude of entitlement rather than having to work for what they have. We all want our kids to have more and better than we had growing up and frankly most of us are in a position to be able to give our children more than every before. I’m as guilty of it as anyone. I always wanted our son to have every opportunity in life to succeed and be happy and for many years I thought giving him everything he wanted was the way to accomplish it. Let me just say, I was wrong. We got lucky. Our son is kind and gentle and he has learned (the hard way) that he has to work for what he needs in life.
When I visit JoJacks (JordanJackson – get it J) I love the welcoming feeling I get from the staff, the owners and their children. I applaud the parents for trying to teach their children responsibility – “real life” for “real people”.
Visit JoJacks for lunch or dinner sometime and tell them they’re doing a great job and to keep up the good work.
One of my greatest joys in my business is being able to photograph families, just like the family of JoJacks oh yes and sharing a meal with family and friends there.