Dec 31, 201210:24 AMAfter Hours
with Jody Glynn Patrick
11-year-old mayor trades biz advice for dollhouse furniture
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This being vacation week for many of us, my grandson Patrick, 11, is spelling me by writing a little blog on secrets for success in business in 2013. He already wrote a 30-page business plan for his own future enterprise and also authored and illustrated a children’s book series. Now he’s adding “business blogger” to his résumé.
But behind all of that setup, Patrick really is bartering work for miniatures. He wanted a dollhouse for Christmas to establish a homeless shelter for Playmobile City, of which he is the mayor. Too many of his soldiers and knights are returning home (after hard-fought battles are won or lost) wounded, drug addicted, and/or jobless, so he needs a place to shelter them after they get out of the Playmobile Clinic, before they enroll in Playmobile School to learn another trade. Otherwise, they’ll turn to crime to exist and likely wind up in Playmobile Jail; that’s not how he wants his city to operate.
Patrick’s mom found a bargain-priced, massive, five-foot-long, handmade dollhouse on eBay that is a miniature replica of a famous home, perfect for his needs. As for furnishings, I’ll pony up glue, woodchips, and pipe cleaners to make some of it, and I’ll help him paint, wallpaper, and lay floors, but he’s working at IB this morning to earn a little coin for things we can’t make, like electric lights. So here’s his offering to you, with both of our best wishes!