You memorized and sang this slightly altered yet still demented nursery rhyme over and over before you turned 5 years old. Can you guess the original lyrics? Sing it with me…

The three rodents with impaired vision

The three rodents with impaired vision

Observe how they ambulate,

Observe how they ambulate.

They all ambled after the agriculturalist’s spouse,

Who cut off their glutinous maximus with a carving utensil,

Have you ever experienced such a spectacle in your whole entire existence?

As three rodents with impaired vision.

If you guessed “The Three Blind Mice,” 10 points for you. If you actually sang it, 100 bonus points and an “atta-girl, or boy.” See you soon on “You’ve got Talent.”

I happen to like this version of the nursery rhyme better than the original, though I’m not sure why. Maybe the mental image of this version is just clearer for me to imagine what is happening. Maybe I just like using the word ambulate in grown-up sentences that I can understand. Possibly I like the idea that this version ridicules the rediculous. 

Surly such a gruesome topic of a terrorized lady disfiguring inconsequential animals gives this little poem at the least a pg-13 rating no matter which version you know. What if you read the simpler version to a different music background… say the ominous Mozart’s 25 symphony in G or if you are less familiar with the classics, Beethoven’s 5th? The story is the same but comedy turns tragedy with just a little mood-enhancer. If you haven’t guessed, this blog today is all about the attitude?

Let me tell you a true story. I’ll provide the lyrics. You can decide on the musical ambiance. My business partner and I started our residential cleaning company 20 years ago this month. I was 41 years old. Not necessarily young, I’ll admit, but plenty ambitious. And for good reason. We were confident with what we wanted the working atmosphere of our cleaning company to be, from the inside out. 

We had no professional experience cleaning houses. We didn’t know what the standards of our potential customers would be. At first, we weren’t sure how to be a consistently great cleaning company to our customers. But we knew we could find qualified employees who did. And we knew if we had a great office environment that good employees would stay. We were right. We grew up fast with more than a few challenges but within three years, we had 15 terrific employees, hundreds of regular customers, and most importantly we were financially stable.

Just a month ago, one of those original maids left our company. She was nothing short of terrific, and we will miss her, as will the customers she served over those 20 years. During her time with us, her own family grew in size and grew up. Her youngest was a baby when she came to work for us. He is now on his way to a 4 year degree at ASU (the first college graduate of their family.) 

If you were to ask my customers about her; ask them what made her special, you would hear the words consistent, reliable, intuitive, empathetic. I admit, we didn’t teach her one of those skills. She came with them. While she had little experience cleaning houses, her life-skills made her a quick-study. Many of our employees, past and current were influenced by her always for the good. 

There is no way our company will ever be better off without her, but we will always be better of because of her and other employees like her. We now have 23 employees. We clean over 5,000 projects every year in the Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler area. Our philosophy for hiring them has not changed. We claim the best office environment of any cleaning company in the east valley. 

Today I salute our employees, past and present. Thank you for making us great, or at least appear great to those who know us and to those who are curious.