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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

This is not a Dovi story


But it's SO freaking funny I have to share it.

I'm actually very proud of my school supply endeavors. Unlike my darling friend Shosh who ran around all over and spent 4 million dollars on Crayola Washable Markers Classic Colors Only Please, I watched the sales circulars and slowly amassed my school supplies, many of them for only a penny each.

Which brings me to Elisha's story. Which must be recorded. And retold at his Bar Mitzvah. In addition to his "selling his birthday Munchkins on the bus in kindergarten story. You will notice a pattern here.

I bought 8 teeny tiny bottles of Purell at Staples for a penny each (along with my folders-recall this post) .

Day: First Day of School.
Time: Immediately after the happy children get off the bus.
Event: Phone call from my friend Becca:

"Where did Elisha get all that money?"

Me: "Huh? He doesn't have any money"

Becca: "Well he bought cheese crackers from Gabrielle for $2 and pretzels from Estee for $1 on the bus!" (Lest you all think I'm starving the children, I put two bus snacks in the front pockets of their backpacks. Which they forgot.)

Me: "ELISHA!!! Where did you get $3?"

Elisha: "I sold something"

Me: "Please do not tell me that you sold someone your calculator?"

Elisha: "No, I sold three squirts of shdfngfsdgnsdkjgshdgoskeas"

Me: "You sold what?"

Elisha: " I sold three squirts of, you know, the hand sanitizer?"

Me: "For $3?"

Elisha: "Yes-for $1 a squirt"

Me, trying to keep a straight face: "But Elisha, you don't SELL your friends things. You SHARE"

Elisha: "But he offered!"

Me: "Who was it?"

Elisha: "XXXX XXXXXX"

Now I'm not going to say the name on the grounds it may incriminate him/Elisha, but suffice it to say that he's the son of an administrator at school!

So....

The next day Elisha took the $3 back to his friend, and I yelled impressed upon him that he MAY NOT sell squirts of Purell so his friends. For $1 each.

We figured out that each bottle holds maybe 12 squirts? So he sold 1/4 of the bottle. For $3. His cost was $.01. That's like 1200% profit.

I told Benjie that we should pull Elisha out of school and send him to work with Benjie at the store.

5 comments:

Nahum and Rebecca said...

Elisha and Eliyahu can get together - who knows what they'll come up with.

Shosh said...

you should definitely pull him out of school. no question.

Stephanie said...

Just FYI, I told the munchkin story to my students the other day as a demonstration of the word "entrepreneur." I think it's pretty safe to say that you and Benjie do not need to save for retirement - Elisha will hook you up!

Anonymous said...

Jake got a big kick out of this story.

Miriam said...

That is crazy! Next thing you know he will be charging for each use of his eraser, and every tissue. He definitly should be pulled from school! You will have it made for the rest of your life! P.S. It was nice seeing you and the trippies at Hungarian yesterday =)