Fifteen months ago, my brother announced that he was quitting the family business.
I couldn’t guess the way my dad reacted.
He told him that if he wasn’t fantastic enough to labor with, then he wasn’t fantastic enough to be his father. My brother was so frustrated that he walked out of the house & never returned. My father acted care about his loss didn’t mean much to him, although I saw how he looked at my brother’s locker & tools whenever he went into the office. He was devastated to not have him laboring with us. My dad had his Heating, Ventilation & A/C contractor for over thirty years & I think he wanted my brother to take over when he retired. When Bob quit the Heating, Ventilation & A/C contractor, it was quite a blow to dad. It has now been over a year, & the loss of my brother is still being felt. Mom was devastated that Bob hadn’t showed up for Christmas or Thanksgiving last year. Thanksgiving was coming around in another month, & she was starting to get depressed again, and i got a iPhone call from Bob about more than one weeks ago. He was married & they had just had a little girl. He wanted his child to guess her Grandparents. He said that he had missed all, however he was sure dad was going to be proud of him. He had just bought out an Heating, Ventilation & A/C contractor in the local area. He was now going to be in competition with dad. I told him I had taken over the Heating, Ventilation & A/C contractor about 6 months earlier & he laughed. He said the best Heating, Ventilation & A/C specialist had won, & he couldn’t wait to see most people.