Seriously, I don't know where I come up with these things. Yesterday started like any other day. No plans for the 100+ degree W. Tennessee summer day. But by 1:00 pm, Number 2 had asked me for the 11th time what he could do for money. He's been running short on cash since our vacation to the beach. I mean he DID buy our pet turtle, Freddie, in Florida.
Next thing you know, we were staging a cupcake/ lemonade stand. Of course, I get carried away within 2 seconds and had to name it "We 'heart' Capitalism Cupcake Lemonade Sale".
I'd rather stick needles in my eyes than use the words 'teaching moment', but by damn, that's exactly what it was.
"Mom, what's capitalism?"
"It's what makes America great. It means that we are free to make, buy and sell things. Not all people or countries value that," I explained, surprising myself as it just came off the top of my head.
Number 1 got into it, "Yeah, that is awesome! We're awesome!"
It just kept getting better. We made the tasted-better-than-they-looked cupcakes (chocolate chip and yellow w/ chocolate frosting), lemonade and fruit punch. Mrs. Kelli came by just in time to help set up. Mommy Esquire showed up with her 3 hungry boys. Neighbors stopped by to buy. Number 1 explained to each customer that they could write down a suggestion for a charity we could send some of the money too (we 'heart' capitalism but we aren't cold and heartless).
An hour in the blazing heat later, The Boys had a little money to enjoy and little money to share.
Another day, another story,