Let me preface this post by saying
how proud we are of our Mikey.
He has worked so hard and has wanted
to be a part of the Pr*fessional Gardener's Pr*gram
at L*ngwood Gardens for years!
From the High School Internship Program
working as a Seasonal Employee
this has been his dream.
This week he made the very surprising and
impactful decision to step out of the program.
After two full months it had become painfully clear
to him that he was not a good fit.
I guess we were all a bit stunned to find out
that most, if not all, of the others in the program
already had horticulture degrees.
He is an early high school graduate with
a passion for landscaping.
He said to us on Wednesday when
he discussed his options with us...
"I just want to work with someone and
ask them tons of questions."
He is a hands on learner.
It was this that actually earned him
a spot in the program.
The gardeners he worked with loved
his questions and hard work ethic.
He learned so very much that way.
None of it is wasted!
We, and he, are very grateful
for this opportunity!
So....he is officially home.
Although, ironically he went back
for one more night with his new friends.
He is sad and worried about letting everyone down.
I know that this took so much courage.
It was a true honor to be accepted into this
program and he did NOT take it lightly.
We will see where things go from here
but he is young.
For now his former employer...
the one who hired him at the
young age of fourteen...
seems pleased to have him
back for the Summer.
Mikey went there straight away.
He is not letting any grass grow under
That is so Mikey!
Welcome Home Mikey!
We love you
and support your decision.