Friday, March 5, 2010

Mothers Aren't Always Right

As a follow up to the piece below on Whole Foods, this is a quote from a lengthy (and typically excellent) New Yorker article on John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, dated January 4, 2010:
Mackey says that he was not as close to his mother, who died in 1987. “The last thing she asked me, she said, ‘John, promise me you’ll go back to school and get a college degree.’ I said, ‘Mom, I’m not going back to school. I’m doing Whole Foods.’ She said, ‘I wish you’d just give up that stupid health-food store. Your father and I gave you a fine mind, and you’re wasting it being a grocer.’ ”
In Dutch, "kruidenier" means "grocer." No offense taken, Mrs. Mackey.

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