Well, a good friend was kind enough to stop and bargain with the boys. After talking them down to $0.25 a rock, he bought 6 rocks. The boys were pretty excited.
At dinner, the older boys were baffled that their brothers would try to sell rocks. S asked, "who is going to buy rocks?" When I told him that his scout leader did, he asked incredulously,"So you just go get free rocks from our backyard and sell them?"
R answered, "No, we got them from the neighbor's yard." Oh dear.
Trying to make the point that you can't just take people things, even rocks, and sell them, my husband asked, teasing, "Why didn't you just get their TV and sell that?"
T answered in all the sincerity of innocence, "Because we couldn't carry it."
So, to my neighbors. We owe you 6 rocks and you had better bolt down your TV.