That 5 bucks!
By Darcy Nemo
October 19, 2017 5:11pm CST
I was wandering about at an open market once (tried to kill time while waiting for someone) when I saw two kids, selling some of their old toys. One was about 11, tall but still a little girl of 7 at heart. Her brother, 6 YO, was there with her. The strange thing is, they practically gave away the pretty dolls they had there, while selling a small box of used sticky beads for $5. To me, the dolls would have cost more, while that sticky bead box was worthless. I chatted with the kids a bit, realized that they wanted to make some money as a sign of being independent (from what they said). I was amused, so I bought all their dolls (about $6) and that useless sticky bead box for five bucks. Years have passed, the memory of what I had done always amused me somehow. Have you ever done anything similar? I think in a sense, I was a bit mad, but... I did make some kids happy didn't I?
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• United States
I have done the same, even if I really didn't have a need or want the item. It feels great and makes the heart sing when you see happy kids. I remember going to a Lemonade Stand and boy that stuff was sour! Had to drink it thou as didn't want to make them feel bad. Often wondered if anyone said anything or like me just sucked it down. LOL!
• United States
What a kind heart you had for making those kids get one step further on their road to "independence"! I wonder what happened to them after that! I've gotten loads of candy and girl scout cookies from many kids . . . in fact we bought some chocolate the other day from a friend - fundraiser for school.
• United States
@YrNemo I am trying to think if anyone did that for me when I was a kid. I was kind of a sheltered kid - I didn't get that kind of encouragement - from family anyway. But I try to do that for future generations - boy and they sure need the encouragement!
The encouragement the children received from us adults, might just make them more interested in becoming more successful in life, or at least, learn how to save money! Things have to begin from somewhere. (From what I found out, they lived in a quiet country town, with not many neighbors around. Their father stood 5 m away, let them deal with the customers. He looked gentle. God knows, he might just be a professor in economics at some universities.)
I remember doing similar humanity act. I was taking my early morning walk around the public plaza. I met two school kids selling viands for breakfast. These are not in school for it's a holiday. I bought 2 viands wrapped in plastic. My money has a chance. I never took it. They both gave me thanks.
That was part of the reason why I did it. It is almost like giving them some lollypops, just to see some angelic smile of extreme happiness on their innocent faces. (Sometimes it is uncomfortable doing any good deeds the right way. Extra uncomfortable if we did it the wrong way .)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
I think what you did was a great thing for those kids. It gave them confidence, and that's important for kids especially at an age when they can be belittled for their age. I haven't had an opportunity like that.
You have been very kind with them, and it was not that expensive I have seen a few kids/teens selling things with their parents on second-hand fairs, but it is rare, and with the laws we have a minor cannot sell anything alone (By tolerance, a few lottery tickets for school festivals or scouting times to times, it is the only lottery tickets that I buy). We do not prepare them to become businessmen.