The Lemonade Stand Promise

A few months ago my neighbor's four kids had a lemonade stand at the end of their driveway. I could hear them outside giggling, having fun, and chanting "get your lemonade here" to every car that drove by.

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I grabbed some money and took the boys over there to partake in the fun. The excitement that welcomed us was priceless. The 4 kids were so giddy and frantically yelled inside to their mom "We have our first customer! We have our first customer!!!" It was awesome.

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My boys wanted to stay for a little while, so we sat back and watched as the kids continued their efforts in getting customers.

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Car, after car, after car...after car, drove by. Most avoiding eye contact with the kids. And all sporting an awkward, embarassed stink face.

My heart just broke. Each car that passed by sucked a little enthusiasm out of each of those kids.

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In that moment I decided that I would always stop for a lemonade stand. EVEN if I don't want or need the lemonade. I will stop, smile, give them a few dollars, thank them and wish them GOOD LUCK with their sale. Tell them they are doing a GREAT JOB and to keep up the GOOD WORK!

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I finally had a chance today to uphold my Lemonade Stand Promise. These two brothers were sittin' at a card table, in what felt like 125 degree heat, with their big poster and a huge pitcher of lemonade. I pulled up and rolled the window down and chipperly said "I would like some lemonade!" The younger brother smiled, jumped right up and poured my lemonade but the older brother just sat there looking bored. I think he may have been mandated by his parentals to sit there and watch his little brother. I saw this as a challenge and was determined to make him smile! I got out of the car to give the younger brother my money and to retrieve my lemondae (which was really freakin' good by the way). I thanked each of them and told them how much I appreciated getting the lemonade on such a hot day. That didn't get a smile out of older brother. I got back in the car and yelled out the window "Thanks again, and good luck, I hope you sell a lot of lemonade today..." and BOOM he cracked a smile...AND waved goodbye to boot!!

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So, moral of the story, don't be a grumpy old stinkface. Stop and get some darn lemonade or else our kids may start selling other stuff instead;

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8 comments:

  1. Oh, who doesn't love a lemonade stand? How fun! Such delightful pictures today.

    Love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Soooo many cute lemonade stand photo shoots out there.

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  2. What a great idea! I promise to stop the next time I see a lemonade stand as well. You just may start a movement :)

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    1. I love this, Suzan! A movement!!! Stop back and let me know about the next time you stop at one. Would love to hear about it :)

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  3. How sweet are you. I love that you have pledge to visit any lemonade stands you pass. I feel the SAME way!

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    1. I will be a lemonade EXPERT by the end of summer ;)

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  4. Sweet post! I always, always buy from the kid, but I don't drink it LOL!! It's so sad that folks can't just give em' a buck and make their day ~ You get back what you give :) Have a great day! Judi

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Judy! And I totally agree -- you get what you give. Love that!

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