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." A Get a Bigger Wagon comic was released in 2018, in time for the inaugural presentation of the Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards at Edwards School of Business.
The website has become home for videos of The Haddock Entrepreneurial Speakers, Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards presentations, and the Get a Bigger Wagon Productions collection of video profiles about Saskatchewan fashion artisans. Maureen's From the Cookie Jar blog is now focussed on vintage recipes, many of which link to the columns she writes for Prairies North Magazine and Saskatoon HOME Magazine. Her more personal writing can be found at Glamour for Grandmothers on her fun new website. The blog embraces family, fun, fashion, and food. Maureen believes that grandmothers have more in common than they have differences.
Maureen's third book, With Love, From Iraq; A true story of hope, perseverance, and becoming Canadian, is a love story with an entrepreneurial spin. More information can be found HERE.
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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