May 3, 2009
My kids have become increasingly independent. A few days ago they decided to have a "lemonlaid" stand. I told them to go for it, but not to make a huge mess. By the time I had Mia's feeds up and running (I just realized how sad that sounds...) they had everything ready to rock n' roll. I saw Ellie marching outside with a full bag of chocolate chips. "Hey, Elle, why do you need those?" I asked. "Because mom, they are a treat for our customers" she replied. Apparently she wanted to reward their good behavior of purchasing an already overly sugar filled(judging by the amount of scoops Jensen used) beverage. I agreed to let her have a small bowl, knowing that I was probably going to be their only customer. The kids kicked it up and notch and not only did they provide dessert for me, they also let me pick a song to have playing while I drank my lemonlaide. Where do they come up with this stuff??? I would have loved to hear the conversation when they decided on the music. Ellie had the process all planned out... the customers would buy their drink, pay the money, get their change, get some choc. chips, and pick a song- IN THAT ORDER! They always took my money, but ended up giving it back in the end.
A few cars drove by, and no one was interested. Ellie almost broke my heart when she asked me in a really sad voice, "mommy, why don't they want our lemonlaide...aren't they thirsty too?" That is when I unveiled the secret weapon of 'lemonade stand' past down from generation to generation. I told her that when the cars came by she had to stand up, smile really big, and wave. When the next car drove by, the kids practically waved their arms off, and NOTHIN!- not even a tap on the breaks. Didn't that guy ever read the rules to live by poster? Specifically the rule that states: always buy things kids are selling on the street? We had that poster hanging up in our bathroom. I learned a lot of good lessons from those long listy posters. Remember the one about how everything I need to know I learned in Kindergarten? You know you know the posters I'm talking about. They were strangely popular over a decade ago.
Luckily the school bus showed up and the kids had a bunch of customers. Aaaah childhood- isn't it refreshing!?