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Monday, June 11, 2012

Delicious Vegetables and an Entrepreneurial Venture

One day, walking into the store with Ellen, I had a flash of inspiration.

Me: "You can choose any vegetable you want, and I will buy it for you."
Ellen: "Any one I want?! Yay, yay, yay! I want broccoli! Broccoli! Broccoli! Broccoli! Yay, I love broccoli!"

(I know this wouldn't work with every kid. It's some fluke of crazy luck that it worked so well with mine.)

Today I remembered my little trick again. Adam chose baby carrots:

And Ellen chose baby bell peppers:

They shouted exuberantly as they were digging them out of the bags and ripping into them as soon as we got into the car.

When we got home, I said, "Adam, please help me bring in the groceries."
Adam: "You bring in the groceries all by yourself, and I'll let you have some carrots."

Then Ellen came to me holding a little red plastic bin. She said, "I'm going to have a pepper seed sale!"
Me: "You're going to sell pepper seeds?"
Ellen: "Yes, so people can buy them, and plant them in their garden! Do you want to buy some, mom?"
Me: "Well, I think it's a little late to start peppers from seed this year, and I'm not sure those would grow. And we already have some pepper plants in our garden."
Ellen: "I mean, to save them for next year! It's a great time of year to buy pepper seeds to save to plant next spring."
Me: "How much are you planning to sell them for?"
Ellen: "Four quarters or one dollar."
Me: "For how many seeds?"
Ellen: (Holds up six fingers.)

The product:

Harvesting more product:

Waiting for customers:

The empty bin is to hold money. ("Mom, I am going to make so much money!") I can hear her out there calling, "Pepper seeds for sale! Four quarters or one dollar!"

I almost forgot to add: while we were in the store, I overheard Adam say, "Ellen, you're what's called a 'sidekick.'" And, "If I die, you take over driving the ship."


Emily S. said...

Your kids are so hysterical. I love it! I love that you let her sit outside trying to sell her seeds. That's just great.

Jill Freestone said...

love it! thanks for the laugh!

Tracy Hall Jr said...

I'm just dying to walk by and drop in a two-Euro coin!

- Grandpa Tracy

Grandma & Pop-pop said...

I don't know how anyone could pass up an opportunity like that! She should become a product taste-test sales person. She has the "this is so yummy face" already perfected!

Aunt Ginger

Lili said...

Oh. My. Goodness. *dies*

Betsy said...

Sigh. Love.
(Also, vegetable choice genius idea)