I tried to convince them not to bother with a lemonade stand, partly because I am feeling lethargic today and also because I fear that I will be cleaning this mess up for days. After they begged and pleaded I caved. They quickly set up a table and chairs and raided the cabinets looking for lemonade and cups.
All family members in the vicinity promptly purchase lemonade and say “keep the change” eye wink, thumbs up. (as if that happens in the real world)
me- “After you you have counted your earnings you then have to pay your supplier (me) for the juice, ice and cups.” Mouths agape.
Several new attempts at marketing are discussed.
1. We can dance?
2. Do you have any other stuff you don’t want that we can sell?
3. Who can we call to come buy it.
These whippersnappers catch on surprisingly fast.
The Associates Associate invited her older sister over to make a purchase. Then they tried to take over. I continued to weed my roses while I let them figure it out. It got heated quickly as the older kids tried to steamroll the younger ones, but mini corporate lawyer was on point.
1. You didn’t help us set up
2. You didn’t work really hard to come up with the idea and sign.
3. No we aren’t splitting the money four ways, maybe you can have 10%
I intervened briefly to put the hostile takeover in perspective, and once the older children discovered they would not in fact be leaving with 50% of the money they went to set up a competing stand. The minis yelped with pride, and immediately got distracted by a sprinkler. I “watched” the stand while they made a huge mess elsewhere and told them they had to pay me for my shift. Mouth Agape.
Out storms The Teenager angrily waving her beauty accoutrements that are now covered in nail polish. I guess we know where the mess is.
I order them to clean up all their messes while I gather up the cash which seems a bit light. hmmmmm. Apparently, The Teenager helped herself to a little of the take for the loss of her beauty supplies.
The good old American Dream in full effect.