Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A Lesson On Charitable Giving

"Who Me?"

About six years after this picture was taken, I happened to stop by my house during a lunch break.

My daughter and her best friend were heating up a huge can of chili, not unusual as we seemed to feed all the neighborhood children.

I noticed this was not a brand, nor size I'd ever purchased.

Best friend, always the quick thinker, claimed they brought it over from her house. Although I believed this, something in their behavior seemed questionable.

After coming home later that day, as I was watering, I spied a red wagon in the side yard. Upon closer inspection I saw it was filled with canned foods of all sorts!

An interrogation ensued, along with a phone call to Best friend's mother, and the truth came out...

The girls had gone door to door earlier in the day, asking for donations for The Poor Children!

It took several phone calls to actually find an organization which would accept canned food donations, and the girls came with me to present this gift.

This was just the beginning of their life of crime.

There's a whole 'nother' story about the time they collected a wagon full of snails (yes, the same wagon) and blackmailed the neighbor.

These hooligans actually pulled this thing up to a neighbor's door, and boldly demanded he pay them $2.00 or they'd set the snails out in his yard!

He paid...


Blogger SoozieQ said...

Wow, based on the picture I was going to ask if she peed in the neighbor's yard (it looks like her zipper is down and her snap, unsnapped), but snails sounds much better for blackmailing purposes.

"Better" meaning "I'm glad I wasn't a victim of her tough neighborhood muscling"

She looks like a child actress that I've seen lately, but I can't place where.

2:04 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

I remembered who I thought of....
this girl is who she kinda reminds me of in this picture.

Phew, now I can rest...I hate when I can't think of what I'm trying to think of ;-)

2:24 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I wasn't allowed to view the picture you linked to!
Who is it?
The only reason I knew about the snail blackmail was that the girls requested a major amount of salt, and admitted they dumped the snails in the street right in front of our house and there weren't enough cars driving by to smash them all...

2:38 PM  
Blogger SoozieQ said...

Sorry I had it set to "private", it's visible now. It's one of the girls on that show "According to Jim".

Oh jeez...they were going to pour salt on them? I do believe I beat the living snot out of my younger brother when I caught him doing that once. Yes, I realize they're only snails...but I was a bleeding heart as a child, couldn't help it.

Again, I have to ask, is this the "Poop in Thrifty's" daughter? Heh heh heh....she sounds like she was a handful (smart and mischievous sometimes go hand in hand ;-)

2:47 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Quite a resemblance, especially the chubby cheeks!
This is my younger daughter, not the "Cleanup In Aisle Three" girl.
I'm not into snail 'assalting' either...

3:05 PM  
Blogger Nina said...

LOL, "The poor children" . . . glad you took them with you to present the gift of can goods.

They sound like little hooligans, at least they retired before they moved onto serious stuff. :)

Word Verification: mybimqo

3:46 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I couldn't believe our neighbors fell for that... although the girls had created a banner (in crayon) for the wagon!

These kids antics could give me enough blog fodder for quite a long while.


3:59 PM  
Blogger jac said...

Is that really you Sierra ? Girl babies are cute, but you are cuter !!!

6:43 PM  
Blogger cheesecakey said...

oh bless you! I needed a laugh today!! I also had creative ways of 'raising' money....

10:39 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

No jac, that's my youngest daughter!
Thank you for the compliment.

I'd so love to read your stories about this subject!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Oh, I love the look on her face in that picture. I want to know why they wanted canned goods anyway. I'm confused. I'd've asked for candy. But they're smarter. People would probably get a little suspicious of my asking for candy for the Poor Children.

9:59 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

I think they knew better than to ask for candy!
I'm really not sure just what canned goods they were hoping to receive...
Probably things I wouldn't buy, like Spaghetti O's.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

OH, that's hilarious! I was never smart or inventive enough to think of such schemes when I was a kid. I'm kind of impressed!

11:19 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

rae ann-
I wouldn't have dared pull something like that!

The girls were definitely inventive little schemers.

12:13 PM  
Blogger Kitty said...

That cracks me up :). Reminds me of the time the boys on the football team in high school went around town on a recycling drive for some made-up school event. In Michigan, we can cash in our bottles and cans for 10 cents a piece. They raised enough money for the keg and a couple of fifths of alcohol for a post-game bonfire in the middle of Michigander-nowhere.

A lot less innocent and not very cute at all, but still a good laugh conjurererer.

12:27 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Sometimes we do what we gotta do!

Well- it was for a school event, sort of...

2:34 PM  
Blogger Kat said...

Wow, she does look like that little girl from "According to Jim".

Having the neighbor pay for "protection" from snails! Sounds like kiddie organized crime. LOL

Oh, your word verification (tndop) made me think Tennessee Dope.

4:24 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

Oh. my. god. That is funny!! I gotta give 'em points for strategy and execution though!! I thought you were headed toward, "Hi mister. We picked all these slugs outta yer yard an' it took us two hours. That'll be two dollars, please." But NOoooooo... your kid bypasses extortion and heads right into blackmail!!!

Soozie Q? See? Huh? You can't have Sydney Suzanne marrying into the mafia!!

9:26 PM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

Can you imagine, strong-arming at that age?
Now she has a son, divine retribution at work!

Imagine, if her life of crime had continued she might have required your services!
My grandson (so far) dislikes "bad boys." I think he's seen too many episodes of "Cops." I hope he stays on the straight and narrow!

10:15 AM  

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