Lemonade stands have always made me smile. The excitement of little business people serving up fresh-squeezed lemons and sweets with an eager heart to please and serve, attributes we all can learn a thing or two from. Patrons of all ages, stopping by to support a local ‘business’ and enjoying their experience, satisfied with their purchase, and departing with a smile. Lemonade stands are the heart of American summers, and they signify the importance of community, supporting one another, slowing down to say hello, offering support to the little people of this world who need more than ever the fresh-air of the outdoors, the conversing in real-time with real people, and the joyful sense of achievement by creating and offering something to others.
So when she asked to have a lemonade stand, I sourced out lemons from nearby neighbors and friends, we squeezed the juices, added a bit of sweetness, and made sure the ice was plenty to “cool off all the thirsty people”. She wanted the table to look nice, “stripes and pretty flowers”, she said. I have to admit, I secretly love the fact she is so into making a setting pretty…she gets it! Her chalkboard signs were the perfect touch, and her ability to melt the hearts of every passerby guaranteed a complete sell out of her tasty stand.
She learned a lot that day. How to make change, look patrons in the eye as she softly spoke a sincere thank you, and how good it feels to make enough money to purchase an item that has been high on her wishlist … roller skates. No surprise, I feel an entire wave of nostalgia flooding over me, and it feels really, really good.