Our youngest son, Aaron, has always had a way of getting things that he wanted. He was never afraid of trying something new in order to achieve the ends to the means. His personality remains to this day to be one of tenacity and endurance. He sticks with a project until he figures it out. Not me—I throw my hands up in the air and whine!
When we lived in North Carolina we lived on a golf course and had the privilege of having dozens of golf balls come into our yard every week. Some ended up in the water hazard, our pool, and a good deal of them got stuck in the hedges that bordered the golf course. Aaron was pretty good at cleaning up all the golf balls and we had quite a huge collection of them stored in the garage. We had several lifetimes of golf balls in our possession at any given time.
One summer day I came home from work and was a little surprised to see the garage doors open and an extension cord running from the garage through the back yard. I followed the orange trail to the end and discovered that Aaron had set up on the golf course and was selling golf balls, soda and chocolate chip cookies to the golfers on the 14th green. He had the patio table and umbrella set up and was doing a booming business. The electric cord? He had taken a fan out to keep cool. It was North Carolina in the summer after all. He later added grilling hotdogs on the George Foreman grill to the mix and pulled in even more money to fund his latest electronic acquisitions.
Lesson learned? Where there is a will there is a way and I am hoping he will take very good care of me in my old age.