Frank’s Lemonade Part 9

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Frank was in a real pickle. How could he keep up with his chores around the house, do his homework, make it to Sunday school and church, make and sell all of the lemonade and still have enough time to play with his own toys or even sleep?

“I’m going to try to make this work,” Frank told his parents. “I see these people in need and I want to do the right thing and help them.”

With sales of his original recipe down he would also have to come up with a new recipe to keep people interested. He was still trying to do that with the same ingredients because if he had to use new ingredients it would cost too much. The next day while selling lemonade, a little girl came to the stand. She ordered her drink and instead of placing the coins on the stand she flipped them gingerly.

“You see,” she said, “if you just flip them in the air and let them land on their own, half of them wind up heads and the other half tails.” She had learned this at school and was eager to share her knowledge. For whatever reason, the little girl’s actions and explanation made Frank remember something a teacher had taught him about math: to verify an equation you just turn it around. 1+1=2 so 2-1 must equal 1.

‘Turn it around,’ he thought to himself. ‘Just flip it.’ That simple thought gave Frank an idea. What if he flipped the ingredients and made either apple or cranberry the main ingredient? After a few experiments at the kitchen table he succeeded in creating a new, great tasting drink which he named ‘Flip Lemonade.’ It was actually just cranberry juice with a splash of lemonade and a bit more apple juice.

What was important was that he was able to create a new product that might help improve his business without adding to its cost. He also had another thought. Maybe if he asked the other kids to work for a while and give him toys they would understand how hard it is for him and maybe they would be happy with the toys he was able to provide. Bad idea. When he brought his suggestion to Big Al and Jessie, they were deeply offended.

“You want us to work? You want us to make money to buy YOU toys, when you won’t even do that for us? When you won’t do your fair share?”

Both boys spoke alternately, scolding young Frank into submission. “But I do…I do buy toys for you…”

“You expect us to be happy with the toys YOU think we should have? Do you really think that is fair, that we have to accept what you think you can provide? What kind of a snob are you?”

“Snob? What’s a snob?” Frank didn’t even know what the word meant.

“YOU!” the two boys yelled in unison.

“Well, I’ll do my best, but I won’t be able to buy you all remote controlled airplanes. In fact, I probably won’t be able to buy you all a lot of things.” Frank was getting a little annoyed that he was trying so hard and everything seemed to be getting worse.

“There you go, a rich kid refusing to even try…you’ve made up your mind, you’ve already decided before you even try,” said Big Al.

“I’m not rich…”

“How dare you believe that YOU have the right to determine what is right for us?” asked Jessie. “You are a supremacist!”

“I was hoping that maybe you would understand if you would walk in my shoes for a little while.”

“Why would we want to walk in your shoes? They wouldn’t even fit,” replied Al with as much sarcasm as he could muster.

“It is really hard to do all this work and I just wanted you to understand…”

“We don’t care. It doesn’t matter how hard you think it is…you don’t even care about us,” yelled Jessie, leaning forward to put his face directly in front of the younger and smaller Frank.

“But I do care, I even…” The two older boys turned and walked away leaving Frank with his words and thoughts.

Frank had brought toys to the children in the hospital not because he had too, but because he wanted to and because he believed it was right. He wanted to do the same for the other kids in the neighborhood. Not just so they would like him, but  so that he could share what he had accomplished. He knew that just like his family they were having a tough time. Yet now he had been separated from everyone in the neighborhood because they decided he was different

Follow Frank’s business adventure from the beginning!

Frank’s Lemonade – Part 1          Frank’s Lemonade – Part 2      Frank’s Lemonade: part 3

Frank’s Lemonade: part 4           Frank’s Lemonade: part 5         Frank’s Lemonade – Part 6

Frank’s Lemonade – Part 7         Frank’s Lemonade – Part 8

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