Proud Momma Moment!!!!!

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Proud Momma Moment!!!!!
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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 9:05am
I just have to share this with others who will really appreciate it!!

Tristan is in Cub Scouts, and just finished up selling popcorn for his Pack. He had to get orders (not set at a booth and sell), so that meant going door-to-door and interacting with people - most of them strangers. Yes, hubby and I helped out...I contacted family all over the place, hubby took a form to work. But still, Tristan had to do his own share and sell some.

Sunday, hubby took him a couple streets over to begin selling. I wrote out a little card for him so he could remember what to say; "Hi. My name is Tristan B-. I am selling popcorn to raise money for the Boy Scouts. Would you like to buy some popcorn?" After a few houses, he had it down pat. Hubby said he was like a little champ, giving all the information people asked for, being gracious when they declined, and using his manners when he would leave. They were out for about 90mins, and got roughly 20 orders.

But he didn't stop there!! We had to turn in the forms yesterday, but there were still some empty spots on one of the forms. Heaven forbid that ever happen! ;) So, off we go around our housing area. This time, he stuck mainly to his friends' houses, but he managed to get another 8 orders! And since hubby was at work, I got to see first-hand how he did. He was phenomenal!!!!!!! Yes, I had to remind him to speak louder and speak slower so people could understand him, but he knew what he was doing without a doubt!!

When all was said and done, he ended up with 54 people buying which gave him roughly $760 in orders.....his den leader says that he is one of, if not THE, top seller!!! He'll even get a badge out of this for the amount that he sold! I am so proud of him!!!

~Carrie

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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 9:41am
Carrie! Happy days! I hope he wins!

Sio

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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 10:01am
Carrie!

I'm proud of him too! That's a lot of work and a huge achievement for anyone to accomplish.

I hope he gets the recognition he deserves from the scouts. (oops nearly said 'scots' there ROFL- Hey why not from them too? I'll have my scottish DH give Tristan a little cheer)

-Paula

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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 10:20am
Yeah, Carrie and Tristan! I got choked up just reading it. How wonderful! Reminds me of the Veggie Tales episode "Dave and the Giant Pickle," when Larry the Cucumber says, "That's pretty good for a little guy." And Bob the Tomato responds, "That's pretty good for ANY guy!"

Gives us hope for DS Justus to do so well one day, too.

~ Chelsea

~ Chelsea
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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 1:01pm
Hey good for your son! Maybe he likes the competition factor involved in getting the most orders. He may have a future career in sales! My dd was selling X-mas wrap a few wks. ago & she wanted to get alot of orders to win prizes but wanted MOM to do the legwork for her. So I took it into work & drummed up a few orders. She didn't want to go door to door though. I'm glad your son is becoming more social. Take care~ Mary Ann
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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 1:29pm
Thanks everyone!!

The best part of this was, he WASN'T concerned with the competition factor of it all -- he doesn't even realize that he could win a prize and be "awarded" for all his fundraising! He was just doing what he was asked to do.....raise money for the Pack! He knows that a certain (large) percentage of total sales will stay within the pack, and that he personally will also get a certain percentage (20%, which equals roughly $150) that will be held at the Boy Scout Council store for his use on whatever, whenever. All the boys have the option of their sales return going either to the store, or being held to go towards Boy Scout Camp next summer. Unfortunately, we will be transferring from NY to VA next summer, so Tristan won't be able to do camp....but at least he has the credit at the Store.

I won't lie and say that his selling was easy! lol We had the forms for just over 2 weeks, and it took us that entire time to get all the orders. A little here, a little there. We basically worked at Tristan's pace. Like I said earlier, Tristan and hubby were out for 90mins or so on Sunday and only got about 20 orders. They could have gone to many more houses, but hubby just went at Tristan's pace and let him set the stride.

Still, I'm just tickled pink that he did so well!! :)

~Carrie

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Tue, 10-14-2003 - 8:12pm

WOO HOO!! Hooray for Tristan! Jade has tried to do stuff like that for her clubs and associations (candy bar selling, ect) but would freeze up as soon as she faced that first doorway. I'm so proud of Tristan! And you and DH must be estatic. And who could blame you? You have every reason the be VERY proud!!


(Candes walks away tossing confettii all over the place)


Peace,
Candes

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Wed, 10-15-2003 - 12:52pm
Carrie -- I'm so impressed! We tried Chris (10, AS) in Cub Scouts but it was too overwhelming for him. Both his older and younger brothers are Scouts, but it wasn't for him.

My youngest son is a Wolf Scout this year, and is doing pretty well selling popcorn, but nothing like Tristan. Way to go!

Elizabeth

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Wed, 10-15-2003 - 1:27pm
You should be proud, that is quite an accomplishment!!
     
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Wed, 10-15-2003 - 11:09pm
tristan sounds like a professional I think he may have found his future employment.

as tony the tiger says that's grrrrreat!I felt very touched by your joy , our children's acomplishments are the best celebrations.
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Thu, 10-16-2003 - 12:33pm
I love it when kids win! It made me feel happy to read your story. Thanks for sharing your son's success. I kind of feel like we're all in this together so I get emotional reading about these things. Hoooorahhhh!