The Chocolate Bars

The kids’ school did a chocolate bar selling fundraiser. They got their boxes of 60 bars each and had big dreams about how many they could sell. I tried to temper expectations. Every elementary kid in town is selling them, we aren’t from here, we don’t have family around here…

I didn’t want them to be disappointed or me to end up having to write a check for $120, so I told them they could record a video for Facebook. I thought that from the video maybe they could at least sell half, and then I would only have to write a $60 check.

You know what happened next?

Our people came through.

They kids didn’t sell 60 candy bars. They sold 660. To customers in 10 states. And one European country.

Aunt Elaine was their first order, and she took 100. Their various sheep show friends they met in Reno ordered 200. Family friends, work friends, and others all jumped in to support my kids.

It was a good reminder for me about the importance of community, near and far. It was a good lesson in letting my kids (and myself, for that matter) dream big. Mostly, it was good for my heart to see how many people care about my two little ones.

I am not sure there is something more important in a kid’s life than knowing there are other adults (in addition to their parents) who love them. I think that gives the kids strength, confidence, and self-worth. It’s about so much more than the candy bars.

It also turns their house into freaking Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory packing and shipping orders!

I couldn’t be more grateful.


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