#101 - Annabel

Posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 at 12:17 pm by LaLonde Jewelers

So now I have another story. This one is about a little girl that is dear to me and my wife. It all started in the year 2002 and probably won’t end in my lifetime.

This little girl is related to us, our niece and we are so happy she is. In her early years while she was going to preschool either my wife or I would pick her up and bring her back to our store and watch her until her mother finished work and could fetch her. This is what families do.

But this little girl soon didn’t just come to the store, she started to do things. Soon she was standing on a chair behind the jewelry showcase and asking what you would like to see.

She was so small she could climb inside the case and find the color of stone you were wanting to see. She could even quote you a price, although it was always low, she was learning and learning a lot.

Without her even knowing it she was learning to be a businesswoman. Soon she was given tasks. Stamping envelopes, sorting plastic bags, making sure the stationary was in order.

Then the day came that I realized she would no longer work for free, and I had to actually pay her. She realized she was worth something. Those MacDonald hamburgers and some Ice cream no longer were good enough.

I am always the proudest when she comes to me and says Uncle Dan you forgot to pay me. I always say are you sure I thought I just paid you. “NO!”

This girl reached the point of handling any of our store situations and making sure that the client was given the proper attention and given the right direction. I would stack this girl up against any professional salesperson and it all began with picking her up at preschool.

Now this little girl is off to college and my wife and I miss her, and we know she is off to her own career and will do well.

There are a lot of great kids with good upbringing out there.

But it doesn’t hurt to give more of these youngsters some responsibility, get their heads away from their phone and computers and teach them some people skills. It is what they are lacking and need.

Way to go Annabel.

Written by Dan LaLonde, G.G., G.I.A.
Lalonde Jewelers & Gemologists
The Gem Expert