Today I’m going to share a story about my sisters and I earning some cash together.
This took place back in the early nineties. I was about twelve or thirteen years old.
It was a hot and sultery Manitoba summer as usual. I was bored and needed something to do. Although I typicaly liked watching movies in the cool basement, I didn’t have money to rent a movie, and was bored of the movies we had. Coming from a single parent home, and my mother working two jobs just to make ends meet, I had to fund my own ‘fun’. So I went around the neighborhood knocking on doors.
Okay, lets rewind a bit, I went over to one neighbors house. She was a schoolmate and a friend. Her and I put our heads together and pondered on how to earn our own cash. She came up with the idea of baking cookies and selling them. That turned out to be a dead end road for us. She dropped out of the ‘team’ and I went solo with another idea. 🍪💵
I went door to door and asked if they wanted their yard work done. A few yards later I came home grinning wide with some cash in hand.
My sisters asked me where I got the cash. I told them about my yard work gigs and they asked if they could join me. I heartily agreed and the three of us happily worked on a few more yards.
The last gig together was our neighbour across the street. We all raked the leaves together and when they were all ready, the guy helped us bag them. He even took us with him on a journey to the dump. when we arrived back ‘home’ I felt I should thank him, but didn’t know how to with out it sounding weird. So I resorted to bluntness, as I often did. ‘Thanks for taking us to the dump’. Came my reply. 🤔
I heard later how he was very amused by that. 😁
Cash in hand, the three of us sauntered to the movie rental place, put our heads together in agreement with three movies and snacks.
One of the movies was Arachnophobia. In a nutshell it was about spiders. And we were all creeped out, as none of us like spiders. I guess that was just our way of getting our thrill for the day.
Watching my sisters intently, I would go over and lightly tickle their skin, and watched them wiggle with fright. They would then do the same to me.😧😂