Ainsley's been begging me to have a lemonade stand. I don't really ever remember doing this as a kid. Just setting up shop in the front yard, but maybe I did.
She had big ideas about the sign and what we would sell and for how much. I convinced her that we would only sell lemonade and it would only be $.50. She was trying to push some pretty high profit margins. I had to explain that most likely no one would be buying lemonade for $5.00.
In my true annoying mom fashion, I tried to make it a learning experience. I was trying to get her to tell me how much change she owed people and how much multiple cups were. Eventually, I had to give up or we'd probably still be dealing with out first customer.
She also tried to give a few people 2 quarters instead of collecting the fifty cents. I told her she wouldn't make much money that way.
Having a lemonade stand makes you realize that people are pretty awesome. It's easy to make a little kid feel really good about themselves, and our neighbors did just that. Most slipped the kids a little something extra and came back for seconds.
After an hour or so the lemonade was mostly gone and the kids were $12.75 richer. They considered this a big success.
So they got to drink the rest and split the profits.
Ainsley had a hard time understanding that she started with $12 from her piggy bank so she shouldn't give Freddie half of the total amount. Just half of the $12.75. Freddie didn't seem to mind.
It was fun, and not so hard. The hardest part was finding a nice afternoon that we were free to do it. Ainsley has informed me that this was her FIRST lemonade stand. So I guess we'll be doing it again soon. Heck, maybe she'll become the lemonade queen one day and turn her $12 into millions.
We can dream, right?