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The Business Edition of “You Know You’re a Mom When-sdaze”

May 12, 2010

Arizona Mamma, of smokin’ red bikini fame, sponsors this really creative meme.  It’s a chance for us to share some of the quirky things that make us moms.  You should really check it out.  You’ll see pictures, hear funny anecdotes.  It’s a good time.

You know you’re a mom when having a child who treats others with kindness and thoughtfulness is better to you than a neat or organized kid any day. 

Adam, my oldest, has always looked at things through a different lens than most people.   He’s a great big brother and a fantastic son.  God smiled on me when he sent him my way.

I’m so proud of him.  He’s a smart kid, though his organizational skills seem to mirror mine.  God love him.

He’s a “wheeler-dealer” very much like his dad.  I have none of that! 

He has lots of big ideas.  One of them was a business. 

Kid Kardz.

The idea was to bring a camera to school, take every fifth grader’s picture and make them into trading cards.  He’d have a checklist so that the kids could collect them all.  He’d then sell them in packages like baseball cards and they could be traded.  He took the money he’d saved and bought a laminating machine and paper, and he took my point and shoot camera to school with him.  He printed surveys and distributed them to his classmates.  He came home and worked furiously on his “prototype”.  He wanted to take them to school and show them around so he could get “orders”.

He asked me a few Photoshop questions, but other than that, he was on his own.  

He typed and printed and laminated.  And packaged his first bundle.  They were great. 

And I was so impressed.  But, I had concerns.  What if someone got their feelings hurt?  What would it do to a child to be the card that no one wanted? 

But, I needn’t have worried.  My sweet boy, who I am so proud of, had already thought of this.  He decided that he’d make tons of cards with the popular kids on them.  So, they’d be common cards.  But, the kids that weren’t popular, or the kids that others might not want, he’d make only a hand full of their cards. That way, they’d be super rare and everyone would want to trade for them. He thought that if everyone was looking for a card with them on it, that it would make those kids feel really good. 

Long story short, he proudly took his first pack to school and the orders came pouring in.  He was going to be rich! 

Until the principal asked him about them.

And though she thought they were great, he wasn’t going to be allowed to pursue his business.  School rules prohibited him from peddling.  He was pretty disappointed.  

So, we sat on the porch and had a Coke. The scene depicted above is a reenactment of the actual event.

Though I was disappointed for him, I was proud.  Very proud of my thoughtful boy.  Maybe one day, if he decides that business is a route that he wants to pursue, he’ll be one of the good ones.  I hope that he always remains ethical and considerate and kind.

You know you’re a mom when your son’s business goes belly up and you’re still so proud of him that you could bust!


13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2010 9:26 am

    I love this post! What a creative, inventive kid! As a mom of two boys, I completely get this and you’re so right. All we truly want for our kids is to be happy and it’s pretty crazy what we can learn from them. Your boys are precious!

  2. May 12, 2010 9:28 am

    I love it all! AZ Mamma is going to love that you called her smokin’!

    I’m thoroughly impressed with your budding entrepreneur! Seriously, he was born with a brain like that. He’s a natural. There are big things in store for him.

  3. May 12, 2010 10:11 am

    What a cool idea! That kid is going places! And good for you for supporting his creativity.

  4. May 12, 2010 11:00 am

    Wow….so very impressive. Pooey on the principal! Way to dash a young boys dreams!
    Sounds like you have a great little kid there. It will be interesting to see what he does in the future. I see great things!!

  5. May 12, 2010 11:02 am

    That is so sweet! You must be doing a great job to be raising such a thoughtful kid!

  6. May 12, 2010 11:14 am

    Oh my goodness! I am actually very impressed and in awe of him! Looks and brains?!? You better watch out missy! The girls will be swooning over those puppy dog eyes of his before you know it.

  7. May 12, 2010 12:26 pm

    That’s the sweetest story ever! What a good boy you have! He is going to be a leader his entire life and it sounds like he already has amazing people skills….success is his!

  8. May 12, 2010 1:00 pm

    Beautiful post! Pics are beautiful too! Last line~ SO true!

  9. May 12, 2010 2:34 pm

    Wow! What a great and brilliant kid!! How smart of him to think of the less popular kids and in a sense make them more popular by making them rare. Man! You are one lucky mom!

  10. May 12, 2010 3:08 pm

    He is so handsome and so sweet. Seriously brilliant too. I especially loved the fact that he thought about the less popular kids and figured out a way to make them even more special. Seriously brought tears to my eyes. That is so sad the principal stopped it. It may have made some of those kids’ day. Sounds like you have an entrepreneur on your hands.

  11. May 12, 2010 4:34 pm

    Wow… “Reenactment”? That’s hilarious. This is such a great story. I mean one to submit and let everyone see. It was such a meaningful story and one with so many messages. I’m proud of him, too. I couldn’t foreshadow the remedy to that problem and he was insightful enough to think of everything. Great pics, too. I’m telling you… this is a story to share with as many that will listen.

  12. May 12, 2010 7:31 pm

    What an awesome idea! That kid is going places.


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