It seems that there was always an opportunity for a kid to make money when I was growing up. We were for hire for cutting lawns, raking leaves and the cash cow of all cash cows; shoveling snow. Some kids would wait until the snow hit and they would cold call customers, but I had clients lined up. When the show hit I was out at dawn and I was able to knock out a few drive ways and walk ways by 9AM. By Noon I was tired but I had a pocket full of money.
Kid money was hard earned and I fully understood its value. Though shoveling snow was more strenuous than other forms of kid work it was the most satisfying. Cutting lawns was boring; back and forth, back and forth, watch the dog shit fly. Raking leaves was boring as well, and a strong wind could undo all the hard work.
It’s funny, but I never see kids trying to hawk work any more. There were some young girls a few years back that would sell lemon aid door to door with a wagon. I’m outdoors a lot and they caught me daily. I was happy to be one of their customers. I never saw them again after school started up at the end of the summer.
I wonder if the times are different or if kids are different. Are parents no longer encouraging kids to learn a work ethic early because of all tat could happen to them with all the creepy people out there, or are kids too lazy to blaze a trail for their own betterment?