Short post - Small rant.
Two days ago one of the neighborhood kids came to the door peddling raffle tickets for a sports program he's in. I looked in my pocket and all it had in it was lent, so I told him I'd be happy to help him out if the following day wasn't too late. He said that would be fine, because the fund raiser didn't end until the next day.
Now if this had been an adult coming by to make me a deal I couldn't refuse on some high quality frozen steaks, or an offer to aerate my lawn for twenty bucks, I'd have told them to hit the road. But since this was a kid I would overlook my no soliciting at my door policy. By the way if your kid is in boy or girl scouts and wants to make an easy sale just make sure they are at the store where my mom or I shop. We are both suckers for them.
Anyway, the next day on my way home I made a special trip into the store so I could get some cash to help out Jordan. (the kid selling the raffle tickets) After pulling into the driveway and getting out of my truck, I heard him playing out in front of his house. I figured I'd go over and take care of our transaction.
The following is what our conversation sounded like:
Me- "Do you still have those tickets for sale?"
Jordan- "Yeah, my mom's got 'em in the house."
Me- "How about going in and getting them?"
Jordan- "I don't want to go in right now, but you can go in, my mom has them."
Me- "I thought you were the one selling them"
Me- "So, if you want to sell any to me you'll have to do something to earn them, like going in and getting them."
Jordan- "Why can't you just talk to my mom about them?"
Me- "Because the last time I checked, she isn't the one playing baseball you are, and part of that deal means you get to do some of the fund raising."
Me- "Sorry, but I'm not going to do your job for you. If you want to make a sale then you are going to have to make an effort."
Jordan- "I already said I don't want to go in right now"
Me- "I'm out of here. If you change your mind I'll be at my house"
About the time I made it half way across the street, he calls out, "OK, I'll go in and get them."
My response, "Good plan...I'll be at my house, you can bring them over."
Big surprise, he never came over.
I plan on talking to his dad and letting him know about our conversation because I know what a stand-up guy Doug is and he won't be to happy to hear about his son's lack of motivation. I would hope someone would tell me if one of my kids acted this way.
What would you have done?