We live in the corner house and often times kids use our yard to hold a lemonade stand. I'd by lying if I told you I haven't thought about going out and asking for 10% of their money for the use of our yard. I'm not that big of an ass, I wouldn't really do it, I just think it would be hilarious.
Today two girls from the street set up shop in our yard. One of the girls lives in the last house on the other end of street, another corner, so I'm not sure why they didn't use her yard - but whatever.
She rang our doorbell and asked if I wanted to buy lemonade. I explained that my kids were in the bathtub and I could not leave to go outside right now. I assured her I would buy some later. And I truly meant that. I knew E would be excited to go out and purchase it.
10 minutes later she rang the doorbell again. I know it was her because I peaked out of the window upstairs. With kids still in the bathtub, I ignored her. 10 minutes later the doorbell rang again. By this time my kids were out of the bath and E saw the pushy lemonade salesperson at the door and yelled to me to answer it. I was busted.
Like I said, I did have every intention of buying the lemonade from the girls but I was in no hurry to pop my happily splashing kiddos out of the bathtub for it.
I answered the door and pushy lemonade girl asked if I was going to buy lemonade. I responded "Yes, I do plan to but, as I said last time, I am getting the kids bathed and I will do it when I can." Off she went back to
At this point I was annoyed, but I still gave E $1 and told her to get herself and Z man some lemonade. Z man said he did not want any.
E skipped along with her dollar bill and came back with a red Solo cup containing no more than 3 sips of lemonade in it. For her safety, as it was at the edge of the yard and close to the street, I watched the entire transaction and I know E didn't drink any of the lemonade.
Now if you have read my blog for more than 12 seconds you know I am prone to exaggeration but honestly there was about 1/4 inch of lemondae in her cup. I took a picture of it because it was so ridiculous! Unfortunately my photo does not do the absurdity justice.
Just curious, I asked E if she had gotten any change and of course, since she is 5, she looked at me like what the hell is change? I was really annoyed by now because I really felt they were taking advantage of E since she is only 5 and didn't know any better.
NOTE SO YOU KNOW I'M NOT A TOTAL JERK: I always give kids more money than they are charging for their lemonade.
I marched out to that lemonade stand and told the girls that E accidentally forgot to get Z man's lemonade (knowing perfectly well he didn't want any) and that I needed another cup. Because the mean mom was there they filled this one much higher. I didn't give them any money for it (I could see their sign at this point and it said $.50/cup which is what I ended up paying) and walked off feeling justified. Had they been less
Yay! Mom Power! Way to stick it to a couple of 9 year olds, Robin! What is wrong with me? Why did this bother me so much? Clearly I need a hobby.