An Important Lesson on the Family
Kaika continued to go to the swap meet and banyan tree every Saturday, Sunday and Monday. He would sit out in the hot sun and sell his makau fishhook necklaces. As a result of his new found determination and “never quit” mentality, he quickly sold another $200 worth of hand-carved makaus and almost earned his way on the baseball trip that was fast approaching. However, now that he was soon to achieve his goal, he wanted to continue selling so he could help his mother buy groceries.
Sometimes Leilani, who was fast becoming Kaika’s best friend and girlfriend, would come with him when he sold his makau fishhook necklaces. But sometimes she didn’t because she didn’t like being in the hot sun. Kaika noticed that he always sold more necklaces whenever Leilani was with him, so naturally he wanted her with him as much as possible. Plus, their conversations kept them both entertained between customers.
On this particular Monday evening, Kaika looked up and noticed a couple sitting on the park bench near the banyan tree eating Baskin-Robbins ice cream. He approached the couple and asked, “Would you like to buy a necklace?”
The man said, “Sure, why not? I love supporting young entrepreneurs; in fact, my son Patrick, is a business owner.” While Kaika was wrapping the makau necklace, he asked the man, “What is your name? What do you do for a living? And where are you from?” The man replied, “My name is Jack, and this is my lovely wife Lois. I am a retired school-teacher and golf coach from Michigan.”
Jack then shared with Kaika that they had been visiting for a few days and had noticed that sometimes Kaika had a helper and other times he didn’t. “Is she your sister?” Jack asked. “No,” Kaika replied. “She is my neighbor and a good friend, but one day I would like her to be my wife, but don’t tell her that!”
Jack said, “Don’t worry; your secret is safe with me. I am not a relationship expert, but I have been married to my wife Lois for more than fifty years and I have learned many things. Let me just share this wisdom with you before we need to get back to the cruise ship:
Family is the most important thing in the world. You must fight to protect your family and keep it together, always!
Kaika thanked Jack for his advice. Then Jack and Lois took their makau fishhook necklace and ice cream cones and headed back to the cruise ship as it was getting ready to depart the harbor
How can you protect your family and keep it together always? Make a list of 5 actions you can take immediately…
This is an excerpt from my book “Boy Entrepreneur” How One Hawaii kid succeeded in business (and you can too)
As a Motivational Keynote Speaker, I can speak on this subject or adapt my subject to your audience.