Lemonade.... can there be a better way to quench your thirst than with some watered down lemonade from a corner stand? Sure at fifty cents for an increasingly smaller glass, it is overpriced. I can buy a package of Lemonade (Kool-Aid) for 18 cents plus the cost of sugar (35 cents) and produce a pitcher full of lemonade, but it's the principle of the thing, right?
The self worth and self reliance that a simple lemonade stand teaches is extraordinary. Working toward a goal is always the better way. It also teaches you to understand people. Do people like warm lemonade on a 90 degree day, or do they prefer a little ice? Would they mind paying 10 cents more for that ice? Is it possible to get even more sticky if I spill some on the table and let it sit in the hot sun? Even more important, if I play in it with my fingers and/or other body parts, does it make it more or less likely to be appetizing to others?
The opportunities for learning are endless, which is why I find the following story all that more disturbing.
Some youths in Georgia were on private property selling lemonade. Perhaps the police officer didn't like lemonade, or had a bad experience with lemonade in the past, or perhaps hates little children. For whatever reason though, the officer pulled over and informed them that their lemonade stand was throwing off the rotation of the earth and needed to be closed down for the greater good. Now, if that were true, I could see the need for this stand to be taken down. I mean, it's for the greater good....
The problem was actually related to the fact that they did not have a proper food handlers permit and business license, which at 180 bucks was just a tad out of the youngsters price range. The best part was the quote from the police chief who said, "police also didn't know how the lemonade was made, who made it or what was in it."
Well, first you take your lemons and then you take your ade.... mix thoroughly.