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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought
by Mary May Larmoyeux

I was driving to the Post Office one Saturday morning when a sign with hand-printed letters caught my attention: FREE Lemonade—Donations Welcome.

A little boy and girl sat by a lemonade stand. Their hopeful grins said, "Please, please stop."

After passing a few more driveways, I turned the car around and headed back towards the children. While I parked the car, big brother was already pouring me a drink and little sis sat nearby.

"I'd like some of that free lemonade," I said, waving a one-dollar bill in my hand. "And here's a donation."

A big smile crossed the boy's face, "Nine dollars," he shouted to a woman I assumed was his mother, "We've already got $9!"

I gulped down the cool drink and headed back to the Post Office; it would close in ten minutes.

I smiled to myself. It seemed like yesterday when I was the mom watching a little boy selling lemonade. And that little boy now has children of his own.

So much has changed in today's world of technology with e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and i-pods.

But so much is still the same−strangers stopping to support young entrepreneurs ... wanting to encourage another generation. Remembering another time ... another place ... another little boy or girl.

Have a great week,

© 2008 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.


Sharon Ball said...

Isn't it sweet to still see kids selling lemonade like when we were kids? Sometimes I feel like all of the childhood activities we enjoyed are completely lost on this new generation. Thanks for sharing this story, Mary.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Yes, Sharon, it's always nice to still see a lemonade stand or two pop up! :) I even remember stopping for kids who had "stuff for sale" -- rocks, coins, etc.

Karen Jordan said...

My daughter, Tara, tried to sell her painted pet rocks for awhile. Actually, she was quite good at painting rocks. I wonder if she needs to make some Christmas money this year? Ha!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Painting pet rocks ... fun idea! Hey, Christmas is around the corner, Karen.