Kids These Days. Sheesh!

This past Tuesday a couple kids decided to sell lemonade at the end of their driveway which just so happened to be directly across the street from me.

You know,m they’re kids, they need money for something I guess. The woman had already purchased three cups of lemonade and gave them $11 even though it was only a buck a cup. She recommended that I go over as well. You know, to do a “neighborly thing”.

I said I would but thought what I could do to amuse myself and maybe even the kids. Walking straight across the street seemed a bit silly, so I told the woman what I was going to do and she thought it was funny so off I went after grabbing $5.

We live about halfway up a cul-de-sac. (This is essential to the story so pay attention to that previous sentence.)

It was garbage/recycle pickup day so I went to the end of our driveway and made a little fuss with the containers even though I knew they hadn’t been emptied yet.


“Hey, what are you selling?”

“Lemonade!” they shouted as kids can only do.

I help up an index finger and my plan proceeded.

Again it just seemed silly to walk directly across the street so I walked down out side, thru the curve of the cul-de-sac and up the other side of the street all the while whistling a jaunty tune.

When I go to the lemonade table I lay the $5 down and said, “Sorry it took so long. I’m not allowed to cross the street by myself.”

You and I would expect gales of laughter but there was NOTHING. One of the girls poured me a glass of lemonade and asked if I wanted any of their free candy, but I declined.

Now here’s the kicker.

The girl taking the money for the $1 cups o’ lemonade said, “Thank you for the five dollars!” and that was that. I would have given them the whole fiver but expected them to start making change. But, no.

You would think that I would have admitted defeat. But, no again.

I retraced my steps, now with a cup of lemonade and whistling a jaunty tune again.

Got home, the woman thought it was funny watching me walk around like I did, but she found it funnier that there was no response from the kids. Even funnier to her was that I wasn’t even offered change. So, between us they got $16 for four cups of lemonade.

The beauty about all this is that I humored myself with the stunt. And that feels pretty good!

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Stephen Johnson

The idea of building a website with Bob came from Stephen in the days of message boards and chat rooms. We settled on the name and the rest is history. Retired since he hit the ripe age of 25, he spends most his time doing odd-jobs around the house and digging thru trash bins for "stuff that's still good." Stephen has contributed several short stories and hosted the "Lunatic Ravings" column since the beginning (1999). The idea of writing weekly columns came from Stephen before blogs or blog sites ever existed. So, I guess that makes him THE FIRST BLOGGER IN THE WORLD!!!

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