I sincerely appreciate your thoughtful replies and care during this situation.
I did send an email to my son about my angry behavior.. He responded.."After some cooling off time I do agree that we should talk. I would like to take today off but will be in on Thursday."
So...now it is Thursday. I just work 'till lunch.
Matt arrived on time and sober. He wasn't up to discussing the past event as he was having difficulties with his oldest daughter....so we just carried on, like the episode never happened!
I feel like this is all a dream (or nightmare)... almost like he didn't remember what had transpired.
Awty, you have a lot of important advice that I will take time to absorb and reply. Briefly... our business is seasonal (Christmas) and we spend the first part of the year stockpiling for future sales.
No...the business couldn't continue without him. There's too much training and experience required. He knows it all from woodworking to silk screening...to shipping. And, of course...there's the internet, our source of orders. If he left, we would be stuck with tons of inventory...(perhaps we could sell on Ebay).
My son's apparent change of heart MIGHT be partially due to an order he just received from a Casino out west for two full sets of our Victorian Caroler display figures. That's unexpected this time of year....and a large $ .
I hope he and I can talk soon. In the mean time... life goes on!