Rocks for Sale

We returned this past weekend after two weeks out on the coast of Oregon. A wonderful get away for the Brown family 5.  After a few days of settling in I’ve been itching to push the pile of bills, letters, pictures and the like aside for a brief moment to share a few ‘brown ink‘ surprises found during our stay.

The first week a few members of the Seattle Brown family visited us, one of them being 18-year-old Evelyn. On our return from Surfer’s Beach she dug in her wallet and pulled out written directions I wrote for her last summer while visiting us in Mpls. Evelyn had held on to the note because it “was a great memory” and she also appreciates the value of a written note.  Thanks College Girl! Hope it lasts through your first semester.

Everyday on the beach we find ourselves digging in the sand, looking for sand dollars or other hidden treasures. But this one was a surprise. A part of beach fire pit, we found this gem.  Maybe there’s a future in rock writing?

Every Friday night in the summer in our small coastal town, Manzanita, the locals run a Farmer’s Market which is filled with a few dozen stands of produce, homemade pies, berries, organic soap, cheeses – you get the picture. It’s definitely our favorite night of the week. One addition to the stands this year was the Kids Cart. Emmett had noticed the children, about his age, selling a variation of products and urge the family to check it out. So after I inhaled my kale/strawberry/apple/beet blended juice and the boys licked their banana & nutella crepe plates clean, we chatted with the young crew.

These kids were all business. Although the two young girls were a quiet duo, they were making the big sales (rocks for $1.00 is a steal these days) and had already sold out of their necklaces an hour into the market.

However, darling young Otto was the one who took my breath away. Not only did he sell handmade coloring books and Ninja figures but he also was selling…yes, you guessed it, greeting cards. My heart just melted. I wanted to buy them all but restrained myself and walked away with just a couple for a few lucky recipients. It was obvious Otto felt extremely proud of his work. And why shouldn’t he. He just might be on to something.

With summer nearing its end, why not create a Kids Cart to sell handmade goods versus the expected lemonade?  Let the kids’ creative spirit fly. It will leave a lasting impression on them as well as the passersby.

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