It’s Only Business

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.”


8 thoughts on “It’s Only Business

  1. Carole Webber November 7, 2013 / 8:46 am

    The swing set might be a reminder that “children are our future”, so I have been told,
    It completes the landscape of life, babies come, grow, play on swings, and then in turn become adults and old like us.. I would not take them out of my view but use it as a reminder of future life
    I think you can swing in heaven……..

    • fictionfitz November 7, 2013 / 9:10 am

      You always have a different perspective. If it weren’t raining, I would go over and swing right now, on my way to heaven.

  2. jhvn November 7, 2013 / 9:11 am

    And the point is????


    • fictionfitz November 7, 2013 / 9:15 am

      Memoir and connection. Reminiscing. Entertainment? Excuses? What people say? How we are affected? Life’s simple pleasures win for me? More?

  3. New Hampshire Garden Solutions November 7, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    I’ve never been very impressed by money or people who had it-probably because I grew up dirt floor poor and learned early on how to get by on (and be thankful for) what I had. I’d take the beaver pond over the jet and Rolls Royce any day.

    • fictionfitz November 7, 2013 / 8:39 pm

      It took me a while to accept the truth of that. Late bloomer.

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