admits he has an addiction. It’s a four-letter word—WORK.
guess I work between 80-90 hours a week during spring season," he
said. "I work at the Co-op Monday through Saturday and then spend
Sunday spreading fertilizer."
so addicted to work that he has time for little else, including watching
the Super Bowl.
one of those people who can’t work enough," his mother said.
"And, he’s always helping those who need it. If you have a flat
tire, he’ll stop to fix it for you."
raising four children and spending years working in restaurants, a
bakery and a beauty shop, Black, 63, is taking it easy. She’s never
far away from her youngest child, either.
was divorced when Ricky was just a baby, so it was a big job for me to
raise him and his brother and two sisters, but we managed," she
was notified of her son’s award a week before AFC’s annual meeting
and found keeping it a secret was one of the hardest things she’s
ever had to do.
was afraid I’d slip up and say something to tip him off," she
said. "But, I was able to keep it to myself."
addition to his Manager-of-the-Year award, Aldridge, who is not
married, got something pretty special. It was a brand new candy
apple red pickup—one of the biggest made by Ford.
Paulk handed the keys to him during the awards segment of the program,
his mother was just behind him with other members of the family.
big smile said it all.
Benn is a freelance writer from Selma.