My boys were eating dinner one night and talking about some guy who sells snacks at the school. Brantley is in 11th grade and Peyton is in 10th.
Peyton: “He sells a lot of snacks.”
Brantley: “Yeah, but he can’t be making much on them. He sells them for about the same price as he buys them for.”
Peyton (exasperated): “Brantley! You don’t know about selling stuff. He buys them in bulk and sells them for more than he paid for them. No, you don’t sell it for $80 because no one will buy it. But, you buy something for $.30 and sell it for $.50, you make a nice profit.”
That was a paraphrase of what I heard. What I learned is my kids look at things differently. Brantley is my engineer and Peyton is a businessman. I love how they’re different but still very much alike.
Brantley works for a grocery chain (ironically, he works for the same store manager and another guy that I worked with before I left the business). Peyton and his friend have a mowing business. The boys are constantly bugging each other about how much more they’ll make during the summer. I love it. Much better than them sitting around playing video games all day.
Yeah, I’m a very proud dad. As big of an idiot as I can be, I look at my boys and think, “Maybe I’ve done something right!” Of course, it could be my wife has had all the positive influence. Okay, let’s call it a team effort and a whole lot of God’s grace.