Gal­axy guard? Google boss? You’re hired, kid!

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - JEN­NIFER CHRISTMAN

It’s here. The long-dreaded (for stu­dents), long-awaited (for par­ents) week when kids get off their duffs and de­vices and get back to work.

But there are some young­sters out there who never seem to want to stop work­ing. Such kid­dos have gone vi­ral with their beyond-their-years am­bi­tion to land jobs at young ages.

Back in Fe­bru­ary, it was 7-yearold Chloe Bridgewater of Eng­land who wrote a “dear Google boss” let­ter and ap­plied to the tech com­pany, shar­ing: “I would like a job with google. I also want to work in a choco­late fac­tory and do swim­ming in the Olympics, I go swim­ming on Sat­ur­day and a Tues­day.”

She signed off say­ing, “Thank you for read­ing my let­ter. I have only ever sent one other and that was to Fa­ther Christ­mas.”

She didn’t get a job, yet, but she did get a let­ter from Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Sun­dar Pichai who said: “I think if you keep work­ing hard and fol­low­ing your dreams, you can ac­com­plish ev­ery­thing you set your mind to — from work­ing at Google to swim­ming at the Olympics. I look for­ward to re­ceiv­ing your job ap­pli­ca­tion when you are fin­ished with school!” He

even signed off with a punc­tu­a­tion smi­ley face.

More re­cently, young Jack Davis got at­ten­tion for his out-of-this-world job ap­pli­ca­tion.

He wrote to NASA — in pen­cil — ear­lier this month for em­ploy­ment: “I would like to ap­ply for the plan­e­tary pro­tec­tion of­fi­cer job. I may be nine but I think I would be fit for the job. One of the rea­sons is my sis­ter says I am an alien. Also, I have seen al­most all the space and alien movies.”

Af­ter shar­ing his affin­ity for video games, he signed the let­ter this way: Sin­cerely,

Jack Davis Guardian of the Gal­axy Fourth Grade

Dr. James L. Green, di­rec­tor

of the Plan­e­tary Sci­ence Di­vi­sion wrote back to Jack in a let­ter posted to Twit­ter:

I hear you are a ‘Guardian of the Gal­axy’ and that you’re in­ter­ested in be­ing a NASA Plan­e­tary Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer. That’s great!

Our Plan­e­tary Pro­tec­tion Of­fi­cer po­si­tion is re­ally cool and is very im­por­tant work. It’s about pro­tect­ing Earth from tiny mi­crobes when we bring back sam­ples from the Moon, as­ter­oids and Mars. It’s also about pro­tect­ing other plan­ets and moons from our germs as we re­spon­si­bly ex­plore the So­lar Sys­tem.

We are al­ways look­ing for bright sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of th­ese days!

Nice, cor­re­spon­dence, huh? No doubt Dr. Green is kiss­ing up to Jack, who will

cer­tainly be his boss one day.

An­other en­ter­pris­ing tyke get­ting at­ten­tion re­cently is Frank of Falls Church, Va.

The child wrote a let­ter to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump that White House press sec­re­tary Sarah Huck­abee San­ders read dur­ing a brief­ing. Par­tially be­cause it was just pre­cious. And par­tially, we’re sure, be­cause it was a pleas­ant dis­trac­tion from a tense im­mi­gra­tion dis­cus­sion.

Frank wrote, “It would be my honor to mow the White House lawn some week­end for you. Even though I’m only ten, I would like to show the na­tion what young peo­ple like me are ready for. … I’ve been mow­ing my neigh­bors’ lawns for some time.”

He in­cluded a flier with his ser­vices and then ended with this of­fer, “I can bring ex­tra fuel for the power mower and charged bat­ter­ies for the

weed whacker. I will do this at no charge.”

What de­ter­mi­na­tion! What drive! What ded­i­ca­tion! And what are we do­ing just con­sid­er­ing Frank for his land­scap­ing ser­vices?

Frank, have you ever con­sid­ered be­ing a White House com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor or per­haps sec­re­tary of home­land se­cu­rity? Or chief of staff, na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, FBI di­rec­tor, gov­ern­ment ethics di­rec­tor or at­tor­ney gen­eral?

Frankly — with the way open­ings have been pop­ping up — the White House could use some­one like Frank.

Spin Cy­cle is a smirk at pop cul­ture. You can hear Jen­nifer on Lit­tle Rock’s KURB-FM, B98.5 (B98. com), from 5:30 to 9 a.m. Mon­day through Fri­day.

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