Randy has always been charismatic. Often he has conned others out of favors based on his charm. One time in fifth grade, someone dared him to wear a dress onto the playground. Of course Randy needed incentive and said he’d do it for five dollars.
Randy wore the dress for the entire recess – but there had been a commotion about it. Roland was called in and learned all what was involved. Randy ended up having to give back the money on Roland’s orders.
When the boys were older, we had a family home evening on the talents. To each boy we gave 20 dollars and told them to go multiply.
Randy purchased 20 candles the following day. He took his 20 candles from door to door and sold his one dollar candles for three dollars each. And he would use his profits to purchase more candles until he had doubled his money and had made 40 dollars with the twenty.
Jenna was a cute baby. People would melt whenever she would smile. Many thought she was so cute, they would give her money – mostly elderly looking grandparents, but there had been a few that were obviously not old enough to be grandparents. I remember hoping that it wouldn’t last – as it somehow felt inappropriate when she became older.
Like Randy, she has charm and charisma and is somewhat of a wheeler dealer.
My Jenna left the house with a bag of rocks – most of them had been given to her several years ago by the neighbor next door. She came home with a bag of toys. Some surprised me. In her collection were two bracelets, a bendy flower, a care bear, two plastic animals and a Barbie. She had gotten the care bear for her cousin, Anna. But why on earth would she want a Barbie? We had given those up because she never really enjoyed playing with him. She said she got it so she would “fit in” with her seven year old friends.
The thing I have been most surprised about is how much time she has spent playing with Barbie and combing out Barbie’s hair. And this morning she brushed her own hair.
Okay, who are you and what have you done with my daughter? Jenna’s favorite Disney princess is Merida. Merida has unkempt hair – or so it seems. Merida is not typical of girly stereotype. She admires Merida for not giving into pressure. And there she is on the couch combing her Barbie and setting her down so that they can both watch television together. Interesting.