IF – He Wants it Badly Enough

by Stefani on 7-June-2007


… will people buy his wares?

(Don’t you love that it’s exactly $4.01?)

My oldest boy, Luke, is a born salesman. He’s ALWAYS dreaming up ways to make money. It’s part of his fiber. On the one hand, I appreciate his drive, on the other, I worry about him a little. He has a hard time just enjoying a thing, without turning it into a money-making proposition. I don’t worry too much though, because the stuff he wants to buy with all the money that he plans to make is usually admirable – a gift for a loved one, something with which to create. He is a giver as much as he is a capitalist.

When we went on vacation in Galveston, it didn’t take him long to realize that some shells come with natural holes. He promptly gathered half a million of them, and informed me that he intended to make them into necklaces to sell. When we got home, he bought the hemp rope stuff, and clasps and set to work.

A few days ago my Dad (thanks Grumpy) gave him the money to buy a table and register a booth at the Georgetown Second Saturday Craft Fair. Watch out, the kid has his first investor! Luke has decided that I need to sew some bags, placemats, checkerboards and such to sell along side him. (insert first business partner) I think it might be fun, not to mention a good learning experience for us both! So we’ve been working away, together, and that alone is worth it.

I’ve never sold anything that I’ve made. It’s always just been for fun or gifts, or necessity. But, I think that I might enjoy it, and I am looking forward to sharing the experience of making, creating a display and selling alongside my son.

Only, I’m kind of worried. What if that he works so hard, dreams so much and then no one will buy his necklaces? I think it would break both our hearts!

I feel like that a lot though, excited to share the world with my babes, and yet scared that the world will not treat them like the treasures they are. It started from the very beginning, really. I remember being so anxious to meet each of them when I was pregnant, and at the same time not ready for the rest of the world to be able to hold them too.

It is so very hard to share their hearts.

erin June 7, 2007 at 10:26 am

i think the two of you will have a lot of fun! and if you both sell out, or not sell a thing, you will always have that memory to share.

Heather June 7, 2007 at 1:00 pm

It is hard to share their hearts! I kind of think that folks often neglect to treat people like the treasures that they are. That said, I am always amazed by the compassionate people I encounter every day. I bet it is the beauty and the excitement of the experience that you will both remember. Have fun!!! P.S. I raged one day on Soule Mama’s site when my bags didn’t sell at a craft sale so I’m a great advice giver, but not so good about living it!

Sarah June 7, 2007 at 1:35 pm

Ha! It worked this time. Made my way over from Flickr, and wanted to tell you that you have a lovely blog here.

Carla June 7, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Hi there, this is a test comment, please ignore it.

Heather June 7, 2007 at 6:01 pm

Hey!!! I keep checking in today as an experiment to see if I can. The internet explorer aborts and shuts everything down at times even from Soule Mama’s link. I’m wondering if from Sarah and Carla’s comments today if they’re having the same experience?! I keep bugging you about this because I want you to have all of the wonderful comments that you deserve and I wonder if people are able to get them to you… O.K. I’ll stop about it. If you don’t hear from me again it’s because I can’t get through. Otherwise I’ll check in daily. I love your blog and your spirit! Have a great night!

dianeinjapan June 10, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Those necklaces–I think they’re great! Hope your son is happy with sales. I know what you mean about not wanting to share their hearts with others…I SO feel the same way!

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