March 19, 2013

Our Neighbors: Cleaning business offers relief from stress

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Morning comes early for North Laurel High School teacher David Abbott.

He begins his day by firing up a school bus and doing his morning route before parking the bus at the school and taking on his first job — instructing Special Needs students at the high school. At the end of the school day, he again resumes the driver’s seat on the bus for the evening drop off.

While he enjoys teaching, he admits sometimes his days can be very stressful.

“Even on the bus, you have to watch the road, watch the kids, and watch for other drivers,” Abbott said. “It can be very stressful.”

Abbott’s window cleaning business offers him time when he can work without a lot of stress. He works mostly outside, which is a break from the confinements of being inside a classroom all day.

“It (window cleaning) actually relaxes me,” he said. “There’s not a lot of overthinking while you’re cleaning windows.”

Abbott took on the third job when another job ended. He had served as the head football coach at North Laurel High School for several years.

“We only won eight games in four years, so that job ended,” he said. “All I ever wanted to do was coach football, but that didn’t prove successful. A friend of mine recommended I try this, so I went with him, learned some of the techniques, and started my own business.”

Abbott looks at the change in a positive way.

“While I was coaching football, it’s all I ever thought about. I was thinking about plays and practice and the players,” he said. “ I was always busy with practices, games, watching films, and thinking about football. Even when I was home, I was thinking about it, so even when I was home I wasn’t really home,”

During that time, Abbott’s wife Rose took care of the household and the couple’s three children — a feat that he credits solely to her.

But when his football job ended, Abbott pursued the window cleaning business and has found it both relaxing and profitable.

“I have more time to spend with my family and I even have a business where my older two children can go and help out,” he said. “They say when God closes one door, he opens another one. In my case, God closed a door and opened a window. He just told me to clean it as I went through.”

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