Buy Local. Buy Lemonade.

Not too long ago I was walking to the post office and found some young entrepreneurs hawking their wares on the public square. Yes four girls were selling lemonade on a bright, sunny late summer day. Their chaperone was standing a few feet away, supervising their capitalistic endeavor. I had the privilege to be their first customer, gladly paying the sum of fifty cents for a refreshing taste of their product.

The girls had beckoned me to their stand like a barker at the fairgrounds. The fact that I stopped sent them into a near frenzy. Apparently the prospect that they could actually make some money had not really occurred to them. They scurried to decide who would do what: pour the lemonade, hold the cup, and collect the money. For their first sale, it came together quite quickly, with a little help from their supervisor.

Following the transaction, I posted a picture of their “pop-up” to twitter, just to aid their cause. I have no idea how the rest of their day went, but I know I got my money’s worth. I was only too happy to let the world of social media in on my little discovery.

Now granted, I was not thirsty. There are times in life where we all do things just because it is the right thing to do; supporting a youth sport, helping a stranger in distress, offering a kind word to brighten someone’s day. The fact is, if I can make four kids giddy over setting up a lemonade stand to earn a little money and make memories that will last a lifetime, my fifty cents spent that day was possibly the best fifty cents I had spent in many years.

Lemonade

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2 Comments »

  1. I saw these same young kids while sitting in my car at the P.O. parking lot. In the span of about 15 minutes, they successfully made quite a few sales. Their mother and father kept a watchful eye on them, and their energetic spirit made it difficult for anyone to resist contributing to the cause, even if you had no desire for lemonade. (I might have seen you make that purchase, Dabodog, for I observed them as they set up shop).

    Great little enterprise, if I do say-so myself!

  2. dabodog said

    Perhaps you did see me… it seems so long ago. I’m sure those girls have many more memories gathered since then. 😉

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