“Children are keys of paradise.” ~ Eric Hoffer
I had to love it! Yesterday, returning from my daily walk I encountered two enterprising young boys from the neighborhood – kids as nice as can be. One cute little Irish redhead, the other an adorable blond, were selling lemonade and cupcakes. Who can resist red velvet with vanilla frosting? Not me!
Caleb, age 11, the head of the operation and his assistant Jesse, were all set up to do a brisk business; pro-active in their own promotion and pursuits, they had a sign in hand at the busy street corner and wore an enormous, attention-grabbing green and white hat, embellished with a big Shamrock , to announce their presence. On their first day of summer break, they were already doing something enterprising. How could one not support it?
The scene brought nostalgic thoughts of my youth selling lemonade, handmade tissue paper flowers and potholders made on a small loom and anything else crafty I could create that might make me a buck or two. My twin sister and I kept busy all summer long, between hiring ourselves out babysitters, selling our wares and being paid for ironing (piece work) by our Mother. Back in those days, permanent press was unheard of and everything had to be starched and ironed! We had fun in our busy-ness; each sale of our artwork felt like a real coupe! We began to appreciate the value of a dollar and creative ways to make money, to boot.
I was happy that Caleb’s mother stopped by the boy’s lemonade stand to talk, so I could get her permission to post the picture of the two young business-minded spirits. I hope their efforts are just the beginning of other fulfilling entrepreneurial experiences.
Here is link to an article about motivating children and good businesses for kids to become involved with.
There is also a great book called Beyond the Lemonade Stand: Starting Small to Make it Big. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to children’s charities. For more information, follow this link.
Before I end this blog brought to you by www.CornerstoneFulfillmentService.com, I’d like to say thanks to Caleb and Jesse for the sweet treats!