Did you see the Godfather movie? Michael Corleone becomes what he said he would not. I have heard, “It’s only business” from people I have worked for. My favorite exclaimer of the phrase was a boss I shared a friendship with in Des Moines, Iowa.
The business was lucrative for the owners. It felt like I worked for a powerful clan, and did. As far as I know, it was totally legitimate. Two guys hitting the mother lode. They owned a corporate jet, Rolls Royces, and several large homes in different states. They had fun.
What was even more impressive than their toys was the top shelf of one of the owners closets. Dozens and dozens of sweaters. I know because he allowed me to borrow one. Not only did he have 10x more sweaters than I, but they were fashionable and solid. I thought this would be me one day, but it never came to pass.
This week I discovered Champion sweat shirts and purchased five. They made me feel as if I could look outside and see a Rolls or a writer’s jet, but when I looked out the window I saw only leafless trees and a beaver pond.
Both make me happy. I just wish the neighbor would take down the swing set. Their youngest is in junior high. Maybe I can bribe him. I want to tell him, “It’s only business.”