Decades ago, Gord Haddock presented his wife, Maureen, with a list of 75 incidents from his boyhood that taught him some basic life and business truths, which he still embraces, today. Always an organizer, he suggested to Maureen that she write his stories.
After some thought, Maureen began the exciting task of writing someone else’s experiences, dramatically but truthfully. Over time, she released two books about her husband’s boyhood misadventures. Even though she had known Gord since he was twelve years old, she came to understand the boyhood thinking of her entrepreneurial husband. There are forty-six stories in two books; Get a Bigger Wagon was released in 2005 and Get an Even Bigger Wagon was released in 2012. There is enough material on Gordon's list to produce another book.
The Get a Bigger Wagon website has become home to the get a bigger wagon philosophy. In the Haddock household, they often teasingly tell each other to get a bigger wagon. It is their way of saying, "Tough it up, try again, stop whining, or get over it." A Get a Bigger Wagon comic is in development and the first Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards will be presented in 2018 at Edwards School of Business. Get a Bigger Wagon Productions is creating a collection of video profiles about Saskatchewan fashion artisans.
The website is home to Maureen’s From the Cookie Jar Blog, which celebrates memories, ideas, and the best of vintage, family-tested recipes. Maureen is filming and interviewing fashion artisans to learn about their business models and celebrate their talent. The videos will be on this website. Please visit http://www.getabiggerwagon.com; or find us on Facebook, or Pinterest.
Get a Bigger Wagon ©2005 was author Maureen Haddock's first published collection of short stories, about the childhood adventures experienced by her husband Gord. Each story has a humorous summary at the end, prompted by Maureen, and containing some of Go Read More
Get an Even Bigger Wagon ©2012 is the sequel to Get an Even Bigger Wagon. In these stories, the boy is older, his experiences involve more risk, and the conclusions he draws will remain with him forever. Read More
This sculpture, a caricature of author Maureen Haddock and her husband, the boy, from the Get a Bigger Wagon stories, was a gift from Mary Harelkin Bishop, presented at the private book-launch party for Mary's Next Stop - Chicago. Read More
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