Once Upon A Time...

Many years ago when my son was very small, I was in sales. It was difficult and I soon learned that I wasn’t cut out for sales. The truth is that I was too honest for sales. While the other salesmen were closing the deal, I was too busy being honest and forthright to close and make the sale. It was a complex lesson but, it was one I had to learn albeit the hard way.

 

Later on I took a job as an Assistant Manager at a retail store. There I found that my honesty actually paid off. Patrons learned to trust me and my sales commission soared. Parents would bring their children in knowing that I would not lie to them just to make a sale. To make a long story short, I only spent a few years in sales and through education and circumstance, got out of sales for good. 

 

I was surprised in this day and age to find an eighth grader at my door the other day. He was selling candy bars for a trip his class was making that he was looking forward to. Cold calls, I remember them well. It was arguably the most difficult thing to do in sales yet, here this eighth grader was doing just that. 

 

For those of you who don’t know what a “cold call” is, it is knocking on a door where you are not expected. In some cases, the “cold call” may just be a phone call that is unexpected. Either way, it was a part of sales that was the bane of most sales positions. The sales person has no way of knowing what type of reception nor reaction they may get. In some cases the person being called upon may be pleasant, in other cases not so much. The call may lead to sale or it may lead to a tirade from the recipient. Discouragement for the salesperson is the end result and it’s not for the faint of heart.

 

So, getting back t0 the story, here was a small boy in the eighth grade going door to door selling candy bars trying to raise money. I immediately had empathy for him so I bought two. He wasn’t on my front porch long. Just long enough for me to learn that he was selling candy bars for a class trip, that he was in the eighth grade and that he was looking forward to the trip. I wasn’t about to keep him long, just long enough to buy two candy bars and give him a little extra for his trip. As he was leaving I wished him well and hoped he had a good time while learning lots. 

 

After he had already left I thought about all of the things I should have said to him. After he had already left I thought about how dangerous it was for a child to be out and about these days. After he had already left I thought about how fast the cars move and how unprepared the drivers are to stop for a small boy carrying a box of candy bars. After he had already left the thoughts flooded into my brain. I found myself worrying about a small nameless boy that I had a chance meeting with. Was I worrying because he had no parents with him? Was I worried because having my own kids, I knew how dangerous the world could be? Was I worried because I knew how difficult it was to knock on doors? Was I worried because I knew the cruel reception he might get from some people? 

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Comments (4)

  1. GovMisdirection

    An 8th grader, that’s 14-15yo in the US. Not a small “boy”.
    First, what is the difference between a teenager at your door begging and a panhandler on a street corner?

    You were in sales and should recognize this old tax payer financed scam.

    Your instincts are correct but contrary to an agenda of the schools to put children in harm’s way for money.
    I don’t support activities that I do not agree with.
    One kid sales attempt I do like is when I see a couple small children selling Kool-Aid in front of their house for 25¢. I usually give them $10 for all they which I will not drink and throw away later.

    September 06, 2017
    1. willsblog

      He was short and regardless of his supposed age, he was a small boy. Even if he was tall for his age, I still consider him a small boy because a) He was a minor b) He was not an adult c) He is considered a juvenile as far as the law is concerned. Secondly, I consider selling something MUCH different than a pan handler on the street begging for money. I would agree that the school system (Liberally controlled no doubt), puts kids in harms way as a matter of policy. I also have given kid’s money who had a local Lemonade stand and did not take the Lemonade which I would not drink anyway. I believe in supporting youth as much as I can. I don’t support putting children in harms way for money however, it wasn’t the kid’s fault, he was an innocent pawn in the whole thing. I’m sure from my own kids that he thought he was doing a good thing, probably bribed with the expectation of winning a “prize” so, I’m not going to take out my frustration with a Liberally controlled system on an innocent child. How you deal with the Liberal controlled society we find ourselves in is your business, how I deal with the Liberally controlled society is mine. Any kid who has the testicular fortitude to knock on my door to sell something is going to get my best rather than my worst.

      September 06, 2017
      1. GovMisdirection

        I wasn’t knocking how you handle the situation. My beef is with the schools that most of my personal taxes go to, except for income tax, then force children onto the street for more money. I have a rather 19th-century attitude about ‘children’ anyway.
        Everybody is selling something! The kids sell cheap cookies for exorbitant prices, or magazines, or trips to make people feel good for “helping a child”. The panhandler is selling a ‘blessing from God’ and the opportunity to make people feel good for being such a compassionate & good person. Both are selling warm fuzzy feelings.
        Kids are kids, liberals like to build them up as mystical beings smarter than adults. Remember the support groups set up in schools to deal with the defeat of Hillary to the evil Trump, such intelligent informed little people. Children are a work of programming in progress.
        In a perfect world, children would be allowed to be children.

        September 07, 2017
        1. willsblog

          My apologies. We agree that Liberals like to push children to sell “stuff” and then wonder why they are abused, victimized and assaulted. We also agree that it is crazy to pay ridiculous amounts of money in taxes (as most people do), and then force kids to sell stuff to the very people who may victimize them. We also agree that kids should be allowed to be kids and grow up over time versus the Liberal’s idea that they must grow up NOW. We also agree that President Trump is NOT evil as the Liberals like to claim. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are not saints as the Liberals like to claim either. The kids that I have talked to are quite intelligent and know that they are being used by the Liberals as objects. I don’t get “warm fuzzy feelings” from helping kids however, I do support them whenever I can. I don’t do it for the “feelings”, I do it because I believe it is the correct thing to do.

          September 07, 2017