My boys love to have a lemonade stand. I don’t think they’re in it for the money, I think they just like giving drinks to people.
We live in the middle of a quiet neighborhood on a road that people only drive on if they live in the neighborhood or know someone who does. Because of this our front yard isn’t the best place for a lemonade stand. That doesn’t stop them. They set them up anyway. I am always so grateful for the neighbors and anyone else who stops to buy lemonade from them. It makes their day, and mine.
Several years ago when I was still single and in college I saw some kids selling lemonade. I stopped to buy some and decided that every time I saw kids selling something on the side of the road I would stop and buy it. And I did. I rarely, if ever, drank the lemonade. Once I paid for it I’d drive around the corner or out of view of the sellers and dump it out the window. I wasn’t after a drink and you never know what’s in that stuff when kids make it.
One day I saw a lemonade stand and pulled up to it. There on the table was a pitcher of lemonade and some ceramic cups. Of course I didn’t notice this until I had already stopped and felt committed to buying a drink from these kids. I gave them my money and watched as they handed me a mug of lemonade. I sat there in my car trying to think of a way out of it but nothing came to mind that wouldn’t break a few kids hearts. I took the mug, drank the lemonade, then gave them the mug back which they promptly filled up for the next lucky person who stopped to buy a drink.
I rethought my lemonade stand commitment that day.