When I look back at all the women who have “meant business” in my life it’s a long and illustrious list. I’m not talking business as in the running a business or managing people business. I mean the “kid you better straighten up” business. As in —“no funny business.” Here is short list of some of the “Business Women” who impacted my life in some small way. I have to start with my Grandma Loretta. One hundred percent Irish, she was born, raised and lived her entire life surrounded by the steel mills of Pittsburgh. She played a mean game of gin rummy and her favorite expression to me was to “go play in the traffic.” Usually right after she took all my pennies from the card game. Next was my third grade teacher at St. Thomas, Sister Joan Anthony. You know this can’t be good if a Nun has a man’s name as part of hers. Sister Joan Tony made third grade a miserable experience for me. Not that any other grade was full of joy and wonderment; she made that class my own personal purgatory. I still to this day get the cold shakes when I see blackboard erasers. My parents thought I was going prematurely grey at 8 years old, because of the chalk dust I’d bring home on me. Staying on the scholastic side of things, how could I have ever forgotten my ninth grade algebra tormentor, I mean instructor, Mrs. Peterson? I never saw her smile once, even on the last day of school. I’m not sure how you can take a dull and uninteresting class and make it worse, but she did day in and day out. Don’t get me wrong here, I wanted to get through her class, as it was the last one I had before lunch. The only redeeming aspect of that class is I didn’t have to clean those dreaded blackboard erasers. There have been countless other women in my life who’ve “meant business.” In the past I’ve worked with many couples designing and building their homes and I can honestly say the women all meant business. When a couple is building a home the woman gets the home, the man gets the garage. If I had a nickel for every time I was in the middle of an uncomfortable conversation, make that debate, between and husband and wife on the color of a countertop I could retire. So men, watch out for the women who mean business, especially the one you’re married to. Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.
Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.