R's been asking to do a lemonade stand for months and months. Problem was, before our recent move we lived on a very busy urban street that, despite having tons of cars, was not a safe place for a stand. Problem is, now we live on a cul de sac, off of another cul de sac, with no cars at all.
So it dawned on us yesterday...here we are at Chautauqua with few cars (safe!) and at my aunt's place that is right on the main plaza area (customers!) and it was hot, hot, hot (people will be thirsty!), why not do a lemonade stand here?
R and G got busy right away by moving some tables and chairs to the front:
Setting up shop:
Mixing some lemonade:
And began to wait for customers:
While R did his own signs and decided to charge 25 cents a glass, G said he wanted to give his lemonade away for free, just to be nice. R didn't like this threat to his capital enterprise, so I stepped in with the compromise that G could offer free water to customers. G and R agreed to this solution, and at the end of a really fun afternoon, they learned a thing of two about business.
G learned that if you drink out of a customer's water glass right before you are about to give it to them, they'll probably decline it, even if it is free (something he did three times).
R learned that folks, especially nostalgic older folks, LOVE a lemonade stand and will give you dollar bills and ask for no change, just to give you a smile on your face.
I learned that there are a lot of great stories behind lemonade stands, and many of them involve parents, whose own children are grown, reminiscing about how it seems like "just yesterday" they were doing their own stands. I love a good story, and I like to think we created a few yesterday too.
Life is sweet (and so is R's lemonade!)-