Sweet or Bittersweet? You Decide

You might recognize these pictures from yesterday's post.

It's because when I wrote yesterday's post I told you there were two sides of the story and that if you tuned in today, I would share the other side. The bittersweet side.

The first side was a recap of everything I love about living in community and how my encounter with neighborhood boys selling lemonade helped drive the point home.

Now, at the expense of sounding like a stick in the mud, here's the other side of the story…

You might have noticed the hundred dollar bill sitting on top of their container. It was covering up some twenties and some tens too. Impressed with their business model, I asked what their secret was to turning lemons into lemonade and then selling close to two hundred dollar's worth of sugar water.

Tips. That was their answer. Some really generous people in this golf community drove by and bought a couple of glasses of $1.00 lemonade and then told the boys to “keep the change.”

Wow!

Or not. And here is where the fuddy ruddy in me comes out.

These boys were already pleased with themselves because they came up with the idea for a lemonade stand and then actually made it happen. They were 8, 10, and 13 and thick in the middle of discovering how good it feels to apply yourself and see the reward

But not a hundred dollars worth of reward. Because that takes this simple childhood experience and robs it of its innocence.

Indulging the boys by spending $100.00 on a glass of lemonade is one of the things responsible for why every newspaper headline and talk show host wants to lament about how entitled this generation is.

Let's be clear. Those adults gave excessive tips because they have extra money at their disposal, it's easy for them, and because, for that fleeting moment, it made them feel good.

Not because the boys needed $100.00 to be happy. They were already happy.

Outside in the sun,

spending time with friends,

and seeing what it feels like to accomplish a goal.

Where do they go from there? That's what I want to know. Join me in the Comment Section and tell us what you think.

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 5/2/14 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Community,Miscellaneous
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