Burpee Seeds

My seven-year-old’s latest entrepreneurial adventure has her starting vegetable plants from seed and then selling them when they are large enough to transplant outside. I wanted to teach her about profits, so we started off with a “loan” of $25, and she made a list of what she’d need from the store, and then we went to buy the seeds and soil (for eventually transplanting the seedlings into larger containers – we were starting with the peat starter pellets from Jiffy – I already had a mini greenhouse similar to this one
and also bought some of the seed starter pellets last year on clearance). Since we were at Lowe’s, she went with Burpee seeds. She planted them, and we waited. And waited. And waited. And just about everything came up, except the zucchini. She was pretty bummed about that. So I suggested she write to them.

Jenna isn’t a stranger to writing letters to companies, if you remember her letter to McDonalds last year. It’s a great way to develop a child’s writing skills, and it often results in a great response from the companies.

We sent off the letter, and I’ll be honest: I didn’t give it a second thought until a package arrived for her less than a week later.

To say she was excited was an understatement. They sent her even more seeds than she’d purchased! She was so grateful, and after we told everyone we know, we (and all of our family and friends) will be purchasing a LOT more Burpee products in the future. What a wonderful experience!


A Letter From McDonald’s

Some months ago (I wish I could remember exactly when, and/or had taken a picture of it) Jenna decided, after yet another disappointing trip to McDonald’s, that she needed to write a letter. I looked up their corporate address (because while I’ve complained to our local franchise in the past, and they have taken great pains to correct the issues, I don’t think they regularly receive actual letters), and a letter was written; something to the effect of, “I really like going to your restaurant, and I love the PlayPlace, but you need to stop messing up my order.”

We’d forgotten all about until last week, when she finally received a response:


The coupon is for a free “sweet treat:” either a sundae, or a pie. If she’d complained to the local franchise, she probably would have received more, but then again, maybe not. It wasn’t so much about what she received, as it was about the process of writing a letter (we went over how to format a business letter and what makes it different from a personal letter), and the fact that she received a response, at all. Letter writing is a dying art we intend to keep alive, though communication with businesses, keeping in touch with family, and connecting with pen pals.

Here’s a picture of my sweet girl, opening her letter.