Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Kool-Aid Stand

Justin tried working yesterday, but his knee hurt too bad. I have some newspaper stories lined up to do during the next couple weeks. Justin's doctor appointment is Thursday.

It's still up in the air whether I'll go back to work after his surgery.

Meanwhile, Johnny, 5, and Richie, 3, have their business plan all worked out.

At 7:30 a.m. yesterday, they set up a Kool-Aid stand on our front driveway. Johnny brought his dinosaur piggy bank outside and Richie brought his Superman one. Richie kept shaking his bank until a quarter or nickel fell out. Then he handed it to Johnny and poured himself a cup of Kool-aid. He did this about 11 times.

Cars would drive by and Johnny would run over to the sidewalk and yell, "Kool-aid Stand!" but they didn't even turn their heads. If hippopotomuses were doing the can-can in our yard, I don't think it would have caught people's attention, either. It was, after all, 7:30 in the morning.

Meanwhile, Richie would shake his bank and when the money fell out, say, "Oh, here's another quarter. I'm going to have one more cup."

Johnny, on the other hand, was all business. He didn't even give up when it started to rain. In fact, he took the lid off the pitcher of Kool-aid so that it would fill with water and there would be more of it to sell.

Honestly, where did he learn these tricky business practices?

Finally they went inside.

"Richie was my only customer," Johnny explained.

Still, the Kool-aid was almost gone.

That's what brothers are for.


Anonymous ma said...

What great stories to save for posterity!

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Betsy said...

That's a hoot. It doesn't sound like you will need to go back to work with those two on your team. Good luck!

1:14 PM  

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