LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For most kids, summer vacation is a time for jumping in the pool, riding bikes, and spending a little extra time with mom and dad. But for one Lufkin elementary student, summer is all about cakes.
Since May, 10-year-old Abby Bryson has been helping her aunt, Candi Glasgow, with tasks around her Lufkin Bakery, Candi's Cakes and Deli. Due to health department code, Bryson has to stick strictly to stocking napkins, forks, and knives because of her age. Yet, she says the experience is giving her a crash course in managing a business, especially since she usually works with the cash register.
"It makes me better at math, [be]cause I'm dyslexic and I have more trouble with it. So, that helps me a lot more with math," said Bryson. "People are surprised that a 10-year-old girl is working at a bakery running the cash register."
"She wants to work. She's eager to work. I think it teaches her responsibility," said Glasgow.
One of Bryson's favorite things to do at the bakery, she said, is meet all the new people and she hopes that one day she'll get to take over the family business.
"I want to go to college and get my degree and come back here," Bryson said.
Customers are completely enamored with Bryson, said Glasgow, adding business has increased since the little girl has begun working at the bakery.
"We have a few that will check their change, but so far every body's responded real well and has told her that she's doing a good job and have really encouraged her to keep on and they said that they really like seeing her in here working," Glasgow said.
Bryson still gets to be a kid, she says, and only works when she wants to. Glasgow said she will sometimes leave early to take Bryson to the pool and if she has a fun activity planned she doesn't have to work all day. But Glasgow said she thinks all the experience will be good for Bryson's future.
"I think it's teaching her good life skills, you know, that she can use in the future," Glasgow said.