Small prairie towns during the 1950s supplied the right growing conditions for children with independent spirits to develop into entrepreneurs. This is one such independent spirit. These are his stories.
I have known my husband for over half a century and the Get a Bigger Wagon books chronicle his journey to manhood. The title for the first book was taken from the story The Delayed Dream. From the moment the boy pressed his face against the shop window to get a better look at that three speed bicycle, he planned to own it. His little red wagon enabled him to go into business collecting bottles, and he patiently worked and saved until his dream was within his grasp. In the story, something happens to delay his dream, and he begins to develop the resilience required to be an entrepreneur.
"I have seen that little boy's disappointment in my husband's eyes when people have done business with him in a dishonourable way. It doesn't last long though. True entrepreneurs never give up. Their dreams are never stolen, just delayed. I asked my husband what he learned from that experience. His answer was simply, "Get a bigger wagon."
About the Author:
Maureen Haddock was born into a printing family and spent much of her early childhood with her parents in their Manitoba weekly newspaper office. At the time, her parents were the youngest publishers in Manitoba. Her love of the printed word grew from these stimulating surroundings. Maureen received her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 and, later the same year, married her entrepreneurial childhood sweetheart. A talented writer and educator, Maureen has distinguished herself in the fields of communications, training, creative services and writing. She has used all of these skills in the many businesses she and her husband have shared. Her previously published or recorded writings include: short stories, poetry, song lyrics, newspaper columns, publicity material, scripts for DVD and CD, as well as educational materials for The Body Shop Saskatchewan and The Belly Button Buddies. At present, Maureen is looking forward to sharing ideas, history, and recipes in From the Cookie Jar.