Then we made some signs to hang on the table. I wrote one, so he could copy the letters. But since he wrote his kind of small, I decided to hang both.
We live in a small cul-de-sac, so we set up at the entrance where everyone driving by would be able to see us, but we’d be safe from traffic. We live right near the entrance to our development, so we got a good amount of cars coming by. And a few people walked by as well. We had a lot of neighbors stop by pretty early on, and Jim bought lemonade twice, but we had a lot of strangers stop as well.
Christopher wanted to go inside several times, but every time I asked if he was sure, he was determined to sell all of the lemonade. He really wanted the money. I had given him $5 in quarters to get him started for making change. He didn’t need much change since most people let him keep the change as a “tip.” 100% tip – not bad!
We finally sold out after exactly 90 minutes and about 23 customers. We cleaned up and headed inside to count the money. He remembered to pay me back my $5. I didn’t charge him for the lemonade supplies – maybe when he’s older I will. I let him keep the profit: $13.97. (We’d gotten a donation of $0.47 from one man who didn’t want any lemonade.)
He was pretty pleased with himself. That was 7 weeks of allowance made in one afternoon. I was pretty impressed he lasted that long. And I was a little sunburned.
I certainly never expected to be running a lemonade stand again. I didn’t think my child would want to have one until he was old enough to run it by himself. But it was fun. He got some real life experience with money and business. And I got to be part of another experience he’ll likely remember forever.