June 23, 2009

Fortune 500 Bound

My kids are quite the entrepreneurial duo. They might take care of us in our old age after all.

It was roughly 400 degrees outside on Monday. With no wind mind you. The wind here blows like a damn tornado every day but not today, no sir! So Aidan decided to set up a lemonade stand. "I'm gonna sell lemonade on this fresh, hot day!" is actually how he put it. Oh great, I thought.

A little background on his lemonade stand exploits. Back home he tried to sell lemonade once. We ended up in the hole. Now it wasn't all his fault since mostly teenage gang members and dope seekers drove through our one street subdivision so they didn't stop for a glass. Also, it was March and not at all hot.

Oh, something else that might have scared anybody who would have stopped - the dirt in the cups and Asher's nasty little hands splashing around in the pitcher like it was his personal bathtub. That just screams "yummy", right?

So I didn't have much faith things would go much better this time. We were semi-prepared though. I made him cover the top of the pitcher with a towel and rubber band, Asher wasn't allowed to wash his hands in the product, and it was hot as hell. We made a sign and set up shop right around 5pm so we got everyone coming home from work.

Asher stood on the grass and danced and waved and screamed "Hi!" and Aidan gave drivers the big, pathetic, pleading eyes and they flocked in. Asher would run up to the car and hold out his hand for the money and Aidan would help me pour the lemonade. The cost was a quarter but many people gave him more - even a whole dollar a couple times. The two of them were very charming, which was a good contrast to me because I was looking kinda scary... profusely sweating with my hair all crazy with the dreaded sweat-curl. I was a hot mess, mkay?

Have I mentioned I loathe the heat? Cuz I do.

In the end we went through 8 quarts of lemonade and Aidan pulled in about ten bucks. And no, he has no intention of sharing the proceeds with Asher who literally had to shake his booty on the street corner.

My stock as a mom is dropping because I didn't take a single photo or video. They can work it out with their therapist someday.


Anonymous said...

I've been singing all day...

"Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow"

This heat is horrible!

Diane said...

omigosh i'm your #2 whore! :)

you must live somewhere friendly, cuz in detroit, there are no lemonade stands. or happiness, for that matter.

congrats to the little guy on his successful endeavor!

Diane said...

oh and hahah! when i read fortune 500 i thought you were talking about car racing. i was like huh??? but now i'm thinking that's FORMULA somesort of hundreds number er something. i dunno.


April said...

It's always the one shaking their booty on the corner that gets shafted!

Farmers Wifey said...

Selling lemonade at a lemonade stand is so fabulously old school. And Americian. And so Brady Bunch. It's great. You never see anything like this over here, I would love to see aussie kids taking some initiative and trying to make some big bucks. Oh hang on, my 8 year old makes more money than me by organising contests at school and giving out prizes. But guess who has to come up with the goodies??

Banteringblonde said...

No pictures!! Ha ... i'm getting a little better but you probably haven't seen a pic from me in a long time either!

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Could you send some heat our way! Its been in the 50's and raining for over 10 days now! Where the hell is my summer?

Jen said...

this heat is freakin' killing me too.

Terri said...

I think you have some future businessmen.

Willnnabel said...

Hmm, I am going to make my 19 year old read this post. Perhaps she will get some initiative and find a way to help raise money for her books this fall!
She has not been able to find a job here in the "Depression" State. We live on a main road, right in downtown. Although I do not know if selling lemonade would work for her, perhaps something else?Maybe....Nope, wouldn't work, we are right across the street from the police station.
Oh well sounds like your son is headed for an "Executive" position. He has found cheap (free) labor and given himself a "bonus" before paying his suppliers. Yep, it's a job working for the Automotive company or a Bank for him!

melanie said...

Shaking his booty on the street corner? I seriously doubt not taking photos is going to be what he needs to talk to a therapist about... LOL!

The Red Headed Mama said...

So is that $10 going towards the broken Guitar Hero? (or was it Rock Band?) :)

Anonymous said...

I'm with Diane, no selling of lemonade in Detroit, dope, guns, your body, yes, but lemonade, ummmm NO!
I do love lemonade stands run by kids tho and I know that their germy hands get everywhere and I don't care, I just drink fast and usually give them $5. - I pay extra for the germs, cuz' I don't get enough from my own kids!
Good job kiddies!!!

Sarah said...

Well, look at June, Wally and Beaver out there on the sidewalk! I have been dissuading my children all summer but after hearing about Aidan's haul, I might change my tune!!