Something was said not long ago that got me to thinking about how it was when I first started at Wilson Lumber. First, I am Robb Wilson, third generation owner of Wilson Lumber. There are five owners, three active in the business, two retired. I started at age 12 cutting grass and making copies.
I worked every summer, and in the summer of my 16th year (the current age of my oldest son) I met my wife who worked for the company. Here we are back then:
ugh, my hair.
Anyway, the funny thing is, my brother married a girl who worked here and my sister married a boy who worked here. They knew each other outside of the company but I met my beautiful wife here.
I got off at 4 and she worked until 5. So I would hang around where she was answering the phone until 5 and we would talk. That is, until my Uncle Bill told me that IF I was going to hang around and flirt with the girls, THEN I at least had to have a broom in my hands. I assure you, there’s never been a cleaner section of floor than where the receptionist desk was. Here’s us at Buckhorn’s Prom in 1988.
We found out that we both liked tennis (I couldn’t even spell tennis back then but if she liked it, then I did to) so we decided to go play, it was our first ‘date’. She stomped me mercilessly, then I found out she played for Buckhorn, ouch. Soon after that, we went on our second date and at that time, my family wasnt going to church anywhere. She told me that night that she could not date someone who was not going to church. So guess where I was the next Sunday: her church, of course.
Now 26 years later, things have changed:
And I don’t regret a thing. We’ve seen ups and downs in business and its been a ton of fun and I look forward to more. But no business ups, downs, plans or anything else comes close to the pursuit of Cassie Patterson and the dividends it has paid me. What a girl!
Well, perhaps I’m simply feeling nostalgic today. Or maybe you wanted to know something deeper about the company I write about in this blog. In either case, thanks for reading. And if you need anything from us see us on the web or give us a call at 256-852-7411.