When I was a little girl, my adopted brother and I would sell lemonade and plums (we had a plum tree in our backyard) in our neighborhood by setting up a table, setting a price, and making signs. I remember it being fun and a great way to make money and meet my neighbors. It’s funny with all the families and perfect sunny days in California I realize I hardly see lemonade stands and the like anymore.
So, what made me think of lemonade stands to begin with?
I was out rollerblading at Venice Beach last weekend and I was pleasantly surprised to see a little boy holding a bright, nicely decorated sign that read “Lemonade $75″. I looked over past the volleyball courts and saw three other boys sitting with, possibly their mom, selling lemonade! I thought what a wonderful idea and then why aren’t more lemonade stands and kids with their parents doing the same thing?
The little boy holding the sign yelled, “Lemonade!” in the sweetest, most innocent and endearing voice ever. He had the bluest eyes, blondest hair and it was quite clear that he was already popular with the little ladies, being as adorably handsome as he was. I felt terrible, I didn’t have any cash on me and motioned that I didn’t. I felt the disappointment from him as I passed by.
So on my trip back, I stopped at an ATM machine and then at a food stand where they were able to give me change for a $20. Then, I made my way back to those sweet little boys and gave them and $1 and told them to keep the change. I remember at that age, probably like 6-8 years, $.25 extra cents was a lot of money to me. And, it was beyond worth it. I haven’t had lemonade in awhile, it’s just not something I’ll typically order or purchase when I’m out and it really hit the spot. When you’re exercising and need something to quench your thirst I’d forgotten how perfect lemonade really is.
I’m writing this article in the hopes that more people with families who are looking for fun, bonding things to do with their kids start doing more things like this together. I’d love to see lemonade stands popping up along more street corners, more beach bike paths, and the like. Not only is the entire set up a great way to show your kids that you love spending time with them (or with siblings and friends), it’s a great way to get the youth of today to start practicing their entrepreneurial skills. I remember in high school some kids would even bring blow pops to school and sell them for $.25 cents a piece. They’d buy them in bulk and make a good profit by selling them individually.
So, why not start your creative-thinking-cap percolating so that you can find some quality ways to not only spend time with your children, but teach them how to succeed in the business world in the future!
Joie Schmidt © Copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved.
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