“You can’t sell water,” I told them.
“Because no one is going to pay for something they can get for free in their own homes.”
I wasn’t trying to discourage them, but I didn’t want them to get their hopes up either.
When we got home, they set up their stand. They grabbed the folding table from the garage, several plastic cups from the kitchen (filled with water), and made a sign that said “free water.” They stood on the sidewalk with friends from the neighborhood and awaited customers.
A little while later, the youngest comes in the house as excited as can be.
“Mom! Mom! Someone gave us a dollar!”
“For water?” I asked.
“Yeah.” He set it on the table in the couch and ran back outside to hawk his wares.
I was surprised but also happy. How cool for them.
Even later, the oldest came into the house, a dollar bill stretched between his hands.
“Check this out,” he said. “We got another dollar. For water. I guess you can sell water. Boooooom!”
I responded the only way I could. I burst out laughing.
I learned a lesson that day: Kids are capable of wonderful and amazing things—even selling water—and they should be encouraged to keep reaching for the stars.
And to the people who gave my boys dollars for water: thank you for being awesome and making my kids’ day.