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Topic: Dropout (05/12/11)
By Ken Ebright
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"Hi Eddie," said Mr Samson as he stopped typing on his computer and gave Eddie his full attention.
Eddie's head sunk and was slow to respond, "I have to quit."
"I have to quit."
Eddie shook his head as he looked down on the floor. "My mom's unemployment is about to run out, she still hasn’t found a job. Because she's 62, no one wants to hire her and she does not have enough money in her IRA to retire."
"Eddie, I've known your family for years. We attend the same church. You've worked so hard in high school to get a scholarship. Your in you're freshman year, you can’t quit now."
"I can’t let my mom be thrown out on the street. She has been looking for the past two years. She can’t find a job."
Mr Samson pulled his to-do list from a stack of papers. "I've been a counselor here for 20 years. I have some clout with the administration, maybe I can help. Can your mom type or take dictation?"
Eddie sat up and smiled, "She used to be a church secretary."
Mr Samson wrote fid Eddie's mom a job on his to do list. “Could you give me a week before you quit?”
"I will try to see if I can help you mom to find a job."
A week later, Eddie stopped in Mr Samson’s office again. Eddie sat down at his desk.
"Mr Samson, thank you. Two days after we talked my mom got a phone call from the college president, she interviewed with him, and she starts her new job tomorrow."
"He needed a receptionist; I assume that she got that job."
"Yes she did. I don‘t have to quit school."
"That’s good news I know she will be a good fit. Your mom is so friendly and she makes people feel at home. I recommended her for the job."
Eddie got up and was about to leave, "Thank you Mr Samson. You're the best."
"Don't thank me, thank the Lord, Philippians 4:19 says, My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need."
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