Looking to teach your kids about the power of saving? You might want to use Sabastian Lucas, a 7-year-old boy from Australia, as an example. For three years, Lucas sold lemonade (and other treats!) outside of his family's home. His end goal? A pony, naturally.
Sabastian's small business brought in quite the revenue. For a meager 20 cents per cup, he sold his customers homemade lemonade - which became so popular, that he'd often run out of stock. And while 20 cents per unit might not sound like much, his total savings came in at around $3,000. Clearly, Sabastian wasn't horsing around.
A child asking for a pony has become a trope of parenthood, one that usually goes ignored - but Sabastian's parents were fully on board. "For three years he kept putting money in a jar and kept praying to the pony gods," his mother, Juliana Kent told ABC Brisbane. "We had to embrace it."
In an emotional video, which his mom posted to Facebook, Sabastian finally receives the fruit (the lemon variety) of his labor. After being prompted by his mom and dad to venture into the barn, Sabastian quickly returns, overcome with joy at the sight of Tom, the family's new 13-year-old schoolmaster pony. "What do you think?" Juliana asks her son. "It's awesome," Sabastian replies from his dad's arms, tears streaming down his face. But, Tom isn't just Sabastian's horse. "Yes [Tom is a] 'family' pony to allow our youngest son enjoy the moment too," Kent wrote in her post, but "Sabastian is a good sport and had no problems sharing with his 4-year-old brother."
Sabastian has been champing at the bit ever since Tom rode into town. "I've ridden him nearly 10 times in five days," Sabastian told ABC. He's recently enrolled at a local equestrian center to receive proper training. "I'm still learning but I can trot and walk as they're easy but cantering is hard," he said. Sabastian is finding it difficult to leave Tom's side, even for bedtime - he recently fell asleep on his pony after an hour of petting him.
But once a saver, always a saver: Sabastian's new goal is to buy a new saddle and provide health care for Tom. "I'll get back to making lemonade to pay for that," he said.
What a kid...
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