A teen who needs his beloved stepfather to undertake him and his older brother has began a garden care enterprise to assist pay for the authorized charges.

Born and raised in Sandy Run, South Carolina, 14-year-old Tyce Rey Diaz Pender has lived in Cayce along with his household since 2017. His mom, Marcy, started relationship Eric Jenkins in 2010 when Tyce was simply 2 years previous. Eric proposed to Marcy about 4 years later; they’ve been a tight-knit unit ever since.

“I don’t actually keep in mind our first assembly,” Tyce advised The Epoch Instances. “I simply keep in mind him being with us, and at my third celebration. I keep in mind him being actually tall!”

(Courtesy of Tyce Rey Diaz Pender)

Tyce, who has an older brother named Tylee, and a stepsister, Tierrianna, explains that he has no recollection of life earlier than Eric. “After I consider the phrase ‘dad,’ I image him,” he mentioned.

Through the years, Tyce has developed an distinctive bond with Eric.

“After I was alot youthful, my mother labored and Eric was in faculty, so he was just like the keep at residence mum or dad,” Tyce mentioned. “He was the one taking us to observe and coming to lunch with us in school. I don’t keep in mind not having Eric in my life.”

Eric has performed a major function within the household by supporting them.

“Generally my mother goes to the hospital,” Tyce mentioned. “She has allergy symptoms that she has to make use of an EpiPen for, and Eric is the one which lets us know the whole lot can be okay; he makes positive that our life continues on like regular.”

Epoch Times Photo Brothers Tyce and Tylee with Eric and Marcy Jenkins. (Courtesy of Tyce Rey Diaz Pender)

Eric has additionally supplied a few of Tyce’s fondest childhood recollections, together with household tenting journeys within the summertime.

“That was at all times loads of enjoyable, and humorous, particularly as a result of Eric doesn’t wish to swim a lot!” Tyce defined. “He would associate with it, though my mother mentioned it was ‘out of his consolation.’”

In keeping with Right now, two years after Marcy and Eric obtained married, they mentioned adopting Tyce and Tylee and even tried lately to rent a lawyer who would deal with a professional bono. The opposite authorized prices, nonetheless, have been mounting. Thus Tyce took it upon himself to assist with the fee.

Epoch Times Photo Marcy and her sons. (Courtesy of Tyce Rey Diaz Pender)

Marcy gifted her son a garden mower and volunteered to drive him to jobs.

“We put my mower and weed-eater in her automotive, so I’ve to hoover so much!” the teenager advised The Epoch Instances.

After kick-starting his new enterprise, the teenager took to Fb to elucidate extra about it: “I do have security glasses and gloves and I hope to search out some yards to chop and perhaps even keep them. I’m going to high school throughout the week and I’m obtainable some afternoons and all day on Saturday and Sundays. I even have an electrical leaf blower and a rake, too.”

Epoch Times Photo (Courtesy of Tyce Rey Diaz Pender)

In keeping with Tyce, Eric helps on weekends when the workload is heavier; and that is one thing that Tyce actually likes.

The teenager earns $25 to $50 per job, mows some lawns free of charge, and credit Eric, a machinist, for his drive.

He defined: “He taught me there may be at all times a time for play and a time for work, and they don’t seem to be often the identical time. I feel I obtained my work ethic from him, and I simply need to make him and my mother proud.”

Tyce is often employed by phrase of mouth however has made flyers, enterprise playing cards, and yard indicators that clients enable him to pitch. He has mowed over 40 yards so far, and the trigger stays pricey to his coronary heart.

The industrious teen turns 15 this August and is headed into the tenth grade. Town of Cayce offered him along with his personal enterprise license in June; he’s nonetheless mowing lawns, on a driving garden mower, bettering with each fee.

His technique to cope with the problem of which course to mow in has been to “begin slicing the skin first, and [then] undergo slicing the remainder.”

Epoch Times Photo “I used to be slicing grass at present, and town of Cayce got here to the yard I used to be mowing and offered me with my very personal enterprise license. I’m an actual enterprise proprietor at 14. That is large to me!” Tyce shared. (Courtesy of Tyce Rey Diaz Pender)

Being a witness to Tyce’s efforts, a proud Marcy mentioned: “It’s a strong factor that Tyce needs to present this recognition [to his stepfather].

Eric added: “Caring for Tyce is my job. His coronary heart is in the proper place.”

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