Last week, I told y’all about how I was partnering up with Bush’s Beans to host a grillin’ cookout with my friends to celebrate good food, good friends and family.
Last week, I was buying barbecue shaped invitations and red white and blue decorations in anticipation of this cookout.
This week, our family was shattered by loss.
I contacted Edelman to let them know that I wasn’t going to be able to uphold my end of the contract. That today, instead of hosting a cookout and serving Bush’s Grillin’ Beans and pork chops and chicken and vinaigrette potato salad and watermelon coolers –we would be planning a memorial service, going through family pictures – laughing, crying and simultaneously rejoicing the life and mourning the passing of a very much loved husband, son, father, grandfather, friend.
I told them in no uncertain terms that I understood that I was voiding our contract, I would send them back the check – but the gift card had been spent on decorations.
It took virtually no time for them to get back to me and let me know that they and Bush’s understood, were sorry for our loss and absolutely still wanted to work with me when it was convenient for my family.
This may not sound like a big deal but, I want y’all to know that it is.
There are many companies out there that would have said ‘thank you and we’re sorry but, we have time constraints, contracts and deadlines.‘
Bush’s and Edelman — did not.
Bush’s and Edelman sympathized with my family and our loss – they sent beautiful flowers and a lovely card.
They won my family’s heart and thanks.
I am proud to still work with this company (Bush’s and Edelman) – I’m excited that I’ll still get to celebrate life with my friends and family — just a bit later than planned and I’ll still get to give y’all the chance to win your own Grillin’ Cookout kit.
yes, I will still be paid to work with them and to host this cookout and giveaway and share my thoughts about their delicious Grillin’ Beans – however, I do it now with a stronger devotion to them and an understanding that their Family Company appearance is not just a good marketing campaign, it truly is who they are. A family company that truly understands and supports the importance of Family.