THE ENTREPRENEUR

Lee_Broom

Wednesday
June 12, (several years ago)

Past birthday parties had yielded presents in the form of educational toys and books. This year there were more envelopes than packages. And the envelopes contained hidden wealth within the enclosed birthday cards. Ranging from five dollars to twenty, I thought about a conversation with Father (I called him Lovey) a few weeks earlier.

Lee Broom;

THE ENTREPRENEUR 

It was a lovely day. The sun was warm, the birds were singing, and the wispy clouds added a touch of pastel pleasantness to the day.

“You’re giving Monte Cruse five dollars to mow the front and back yard, Lovey. I’ll do it for three dollars.”

“Lee, you’re too small. Every week this summer you tried to push that lawn mower. You never even finished one strip. Perhaps, next summer”.

“But Lovey,” said Lee.  “remember last Sunday when we were listening to STOP the MUSIC and the man guessed the song title as Mockingbird Hill? Remember all the stuff he won? Well, one of those prizes was an electric lawnmower. If you and Oodles (Oodles was mother) loan me the money to buy an electric lawn mower I can pay you back by the end of the summer. I’d be able to mow every lawn on the block with an electric mower.”

“How much does one cost?” asked Lovey.

“Don’t know, over a hundred, I think.”

“Son, you could hurt yourself”, warned his father. “What if you ran over the cord and cut it; you could be electrocuted.”

Lee thought about that and gave some pretty persuasive rebuttals.

“Well, remember now Lee, Oodles is the banker. We’ll have to ask her.”

Lee began to add up his gift dollars. Fifty-Five dollars lay on the table before him. He had another twenty or so in savings.

“Do you think the bank would loan me money?”

“Possibly, but we would have to sign for you.”

Lovey suggested that they cover the loan. Oodles liked the banking idea and in the end that is exactly what took place.

Lee Broom Lawn Care now had a business; Lee had business cards. And Lee had debt.

It was a lovely day. The sun was warm, the birds were singing, and the wispy clouds added a touch of pastel pleasantness to the day.

This young entrepreneur had an electric mower that would be easy to push and he had customers waiting in line.

From THE LINE by Lee Broom.

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