They say when life gives you history, you make history-ade. Or something.
That's what Gabe Fulmerhouser did, anyway. In need of a summer hobby, the enterprising 8-year-old from Jackson, Mich., decided he'd dispense history lessons at a roadside stand for 25 cents a pop, with all proceeds going to charity, naturally.
MLive has the story:
"He came running downstairs and said, 'Mom, I have a great idea for the summer,'" Lesli Fulmerhouser said. "I was in shock when he told me he wanted to do this."
She said Gabe wanted to sell his knowledge for a modest five cents at first, but she talked him up to a quarter.
Gabe searched the internet for how to make a "lemonade" stand, built one out of pallets with his father, painted it red, white and blue, and the rest is history.
"I thought it was just very cute, so I posted it and my post went viral," Lesli Fulmerhouser said. "I am so proud of him."
We're proud of Gabe, too, for a few reasons. Let's tick them off:
- He's raised $140.25 so far, and rather than buying a World of Warcraft subscription and some Mountain Dew, like most kids would, he plans to donate it to "veterans, cancer patients or a church."
- He's an absolute workaholic. (Check this out, from MLive: "'It would be nice to take a break on Sunday,' Gabe said while sitting in 80-degree heat wearing a military vest.")
- He seems to be better at the whole "lemonade stand" business than, say, Jerry Seinfeld.
There's nothing about this that isn't inspiring, except maybe the pricing model. Gabe, my man, 25 cents? This is a free market economy, and you're a viral sensation. Go get that money!
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