Sep 25, 201207:00 AMHoneybee Mama
Some Things Never Change
Last Saturday, we had a garage sale. It was just time. We'd been putting it off for far too long. You never think you actually have enough stuff for a garage sale until you actually start pulling things out of closets and cabinets and piling it up. We had more than enough.
With a high in the low 80s and few clouds in the sky it was a perfect day to be outside. I have to be honest; I was really wishing we could go ride bikes on Riverside or peruse the farmer's markets, or find some other kind of adventure, but I remained faithful. I stayed home and held the garage sale.
There are sometimes when we stay home with the kids on a Saturday and they pester us incessantly to go somewhere or do something. Then there are other times when they are perfectly happy staying home and seem to keep themselves busy with projects and adventures all day long.
Our daughter, Corrinne, had spent the night with our neighbors the night before the garage sale. We know from experience this means they will have been up most of the night (usually crashing out around 5am!), so we expected the girls to be dead to the world until long after we'd finished the sale.
Well, we were wrong! About 10am, as we were shuffling things around and haggling with customers over the price of children's books, we saw the girls come out of our neighbor's house with a table, chairs, table cloth, and piles of homemade cookies and lemonade. Before we knew it, Carter, the lone boy, had been roped into standing by the street with a sign advertising for the lemonade stand!
Some things never change, and thank goodness they don't! The idea of the lemonade stand seems so "Leave it to Beaver," but in reality, that entrepreneurial dream is still alive in most kids. I remember trying to sell lemonade door to door when I was a kid, and getting sent to the principal's office for selling friendship bracelets in fifth grade. Don't you have those stories? I'm glad our kids will too. I mean, one lady stopped by their table and said she didn't want anything but gave them a few dollars anyway. Talk about a killer business plan! By lunch time, the kids had each made about $3.00 a piece and decided to close up shop and head to the dollar store to spend their earnings.
We spend so much time and energy trying to entertain and stimulate our kids that we often forget it's the simple things that truly make them happy. Here's to forts, sleepovers, lemonade stands and all the things that never change!
See you around town,