Friday, August 21, 2009

Capitalism does not reign in this family.

So yesterday, after a night of bowling, Tee decided to build a bowling ally in our playroom with plastic cups and a tennis ball on a lane of dvd and Wii game cases. It was pretty ingenious and, as a bonus, I found my Spitfire Grill DVD which I'd been missing all summer. Great movie if you haven't seen it.

I digress. It's a problem, I know.

Anyway, Tee decided he would charge$.05 a turn to bowl at his "Lanes of Thunder" and all the kids got in line. Mostly because they knew where my bowl of change was so they just helped themselves to fund their morning activities and line Tee's pockets at the same time. In exchange, I received 12 minutes of quiet while the kids were playing happily so I obliged them with the $2.25 they were siphoning from my stash.

At minute 12.1, Graham decided he wanted to get in on the action and built a putt-putt golf course with a cup, hot glue gun, and piece of painters tape. I'm not saying it was the most challenging course but the use of a driver instead of a putter definitely kept it interesting - and almost made helmets necessary.

Tee, seeing his profits being split with his brother, wasn't going to take this lying down. Within minutes, with pillows and a light saber, he had a javelin throw assembled alongside his bowling ally and was advertising a two-for-one special.

And faster than I could grab my camera began the weeping and gnashing of teeth..."HE'S STEALING MY BUSINESS!!!" "NO I'M NOT, I THOUGHT OF IT FIRST! YOU'RE STEALING MINE!" "I BOUGHT A MEMBERSHIP FOR $1 AND NOW I WANT MY MONEY BACK!" "NO WAY! DONE DEAL!"

And like the bad mom I am, the whole conundrum made me laugh which made the boys even more crazy. I tried to explain capitalism and the beauty of free market enterprise to no avail. We finally settled the whole thing over a chocolate covered pretzel and glass of milk.

And I made a personal note to self that a lemonade stand might not have the Norman Rockwell effect I imagine but instead could possibly lead to the end of our family as we know it.

Ya'll have a great weekend!

7 comments:

The B Family said...

Love it!

The 5 Bickies said...

I love their creativity! At least it took 12 minutes before it all fell apart. I don't know if my children could have made it that long before breaking out into a screaming match.

Our problem with lemonade stands. The neighborhood kids want to join in to our stand and split the profits. $2 split 5 ways doesn't add up to much for a days work. Hmmmm.

Candy said...

Love the creativity of the kids; however, I'm blown away by the patience of the Mom and her willingness to have the mess for 12 minutes of solitude! I was NOT as fun a Mom as you are, for sure.

Love,
Nanny

happygeek said...

LOVE it.

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

That was really funny! Sounds like it was nice while it lasted. And, a good lesson in economics all at the same time.

Grateful for Grace said...

Oh, that's pretty funny. A whole 'nuther lesson on the heart of man displayed in capitalism, in their home and in our country. The best life lessons lead our children to their need for the cross. Even if it's not Norman Rockwellesque.

Sarah said...

Melissa, thanks for your post. I LOVE baking. My roommates and I probably make brownies twice a week (although the batter doesn't always make it to the oven, so I don't know if it counts as baking?)

I teach 8th grade at a charter school in "the hood". I'm starting my second year, and I love it, but it's SO much harder than I ever thought, on a lot of levels. I saw your Bob Lupton quote and LOVED it; I always imagined (before I actually had my job--and therefore any evidence for this conclusion) that I'd be some hero teacher ala "Freedom Writers," but I feel like that quote is much more the lesson I'm learning pretty much every day. My roommate gave me Theirs is the Kingdom last year and I devoured it in 2 days -- so wonderful.

Thanks for your comment and the great posts; they make me laugh (which is helpful when i'm approaching Monday!) :)