Monday, June 1, 2009

mosses monday XXIX...

d (dana-moonpieinthesky) and i decided that we would have a rummage sale that saturday morning and that katherine and william could have a lemonade stand. so, we did, and so did they. we situated our merchandise in d's front yard close to her house... while the kids sat up shop on the side walk.

we were still organizing our items when the first few customers arrived. dana and i weren't paying a whole lot of attention to our little entrepreneurs but noticed that all the customers were carrying cups of lemonade. not too shabby peddling for the moaner and groaner who didn't want to get out of bed that morning!!! it wasn't long before d was back in the kitchen mixing up more lemonade. i would have sworn they were giving the stuff away had it not been for the mounting coins in their jar.

when d brought out the second batch, i mentioned to her that i was sure they were making more money than we were. we laughed and noted that it was unbelievable that people were drinking lemonade that early on a rather cool morning.

after a couple of hours, there was a lull in business. i ran inside to make a third batch of lemonade while dana helped kat and william count their money. when i returned william looked up at me and said, "miss dani, we've made $14... that's $7 for me and $7 for katherine."

"awesome!!!" i replied.


sweetly, the kids made a couple of cups of lemonade for d and me. we meandered up to her front porch to relax for a bit. we hadn't been sitting for much more than just a few minutes when i noticed mr. moss' white cadillac heading our way. we all waved as he and jean drove past d's house. soon, a few more cars pulled up to the curb and more rummagers poured into d's front yard. it wasn't long before we had sold most all of our items: william and katherine were on their last batch of lemonade. it was almost time to close shop!!!

hence, d and i began to discuss what charity to take the things, which hadn't sold, when jean pulled mosses' car up to the curb.
"MOSSES!!!" katherine squealed.

out of his passenger side window, he looked at her then me with a GREAT BIG SMILE on his face. i hurried toward his car. as i did so, jean turned off the car and started around it to come open his door. i got there first so i opened it for him. it was then that i realized two things... the first was how will and katherine had been able to sell so many cups of lemonade and the second was that mosses had a great BIG birthday cake for me he was holding in his lap!!!

i'll get back to the lemonade pawners in just a second.

i was so excited and happy and grateful and loved!!! i couldn't believe that mosses had remembered my birthday AND brought me a beautiful, yummy cake. it was the first birthday cake i had had since i was a little girl...

he was still smiling like the cheshire cat; for he knew how much what he had done meant to me... how much he meant to me.
what a wonderful surprise!!!

"dani, bless your heart. happy birthday!!!" he said in his southern gentlemanly way as he handed me my card, first.

i pulled the card from its envelope and read the front, then opened it to find that mosses had signed it himself... parkinson's and all. "thank you so much, mosses," i said as i gave him a big hug, "i love you!!!"

"we love you too, dani" he replied.

though mrs. moss had died nearly a year prior, she was still with him...


(to be continued...)

love and God's blessings,
dani xx

you will find earlier entries in ascending order on my side bar entitled, "our love story":)

ps. evidently, after we sent them on their merry way that morning, william and katherine divided up who would do what down at their little lemonade stand. william put ice in the cups, kat poured the lemonade, will handed the customer a cup of lemonade, and katherine charged $.25 and placed the money in the jar. those poor, unsuspecting souls never had a chance... they ALL received a cup of lemonade and were charged for it whether they wanted it or not; and, we didn't realize HOW they were being so successful until i saw their racket unfold on mosses' driver, jean:/


The Adventures of Maverick & the Mrs. said...

That's awesome! Kat should consider signing up to be on "The Apprentice!" LOL! What a sweet card! You just can't put a value on things like that.

Sally said...

Awww, how very sweet~the card and cake!! I have a feeling where the 'lemonade' story is going, but will just have to wait until next time!! (((hugs)))

Amanda said...

What a sweet card that you have kept and treasured from Mr Moss. And the cake was such a wonderful surprise too!
Katherine will go far ~ her and William make a good team!

Cheri and Jesse said...

Love the story, Dani! Your daughter is one smart cookie! lol


Anonymous said...

I love your stories. The children are our greatest examples in life. Confidence and energy.

Lucy said...

Dani, once again, a wonderful read and how blessed you are to have been loved and thought of in such a special way. Kat and William sound like they were very clever lemonade sellers.
Love and hugs XXXXOOOO

Lucy said...

I have just come back from Tania's blog.
Oh my goodness. Happy Birthday Dani, and many happy returns. I hope you have a wonderful 40th. How do you keep your youthfull looks?
Love and special birthday ((((hugs)))) XXXXOOOO

SuzanSayz said...

How to succeed in business while REALLY trying. LOL
Is it your birthday today dear Dani? If so we are almost birthday twins because mine is on Saturday.

Sally said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DANI!!! (((hugs)))

SuzanSayz said...

I just realized that I inquired about your birthday earlier, without leaving lovely birthday wishes.
Happy Birthday dear Dani. You are one of those people who make our world a nice place to be!

Reno said...

You have no idea who I am but I read Hannah's blog and she said we should wish you happy birthday so happy birthday :D

E and T said...

Hi Dani

That is a perfect card for you Dani.
Mr Moss was a true gentleman. I have a great respect for such men.

Lots of love and hugs

Heidi 'n' Jeff said...

I love these stories! I know I've told you that before, but I really mean it. I think you need to bind them in a book when you're finished.

MoziEsmé said...

I love how it was still "We"...

And that is quite the lemonade racket - I bet the "customers" weren't offended at all!