In this morning's post, Peg Palmer takes us back to the lemonade stand many of us had when we were kids. Well, this coming week you're going to have a chance to help the Friendship Centers with their own contemporary lemonade stand!
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I love this photo.
Remember being a kid in the ‘50s? When summer days seemed to stretch on forever, and there were few really organized activities, we found our fun.
Remember the entrepreneurial thrill of setting up that first economic opportunity? How exciting it was to make and sell that cool, thirst-quenching lemonade?
Feeling bored and disappointed at not being able to do something exciting like go to the fair or circus, we’d whine to mom. Her smiling response,” when life gives you lemons…” seems a little trite today, but telling me to figure it out myself was a lesson that took.
Whether it was lemonade or kool aid there was an opportunity in there somewhere. An opportunity to do something important for myself, and maybe even beyond it to do something bigger that would matter to a bigger world. Like these kids raising money for the Red Cross. A chance to earn some cherished coins on their own, and maybe help other people in the process.
Now many years later, I am still hopeful and inspired when I hear that whisper in the back of my mind…”make lemonade.” It’s been a long time since I’ve had a lemonade stand, but the advice still rings true.
Getting older brings a richness of experience that I’d never trade, but also some lemons. They come in varieties ranging from bittersweet to down-right heart breaking. Losing your parents, your spouse, your livelihood, your health, your house, the dreams of what you’d be, saying goodbye seems to come with age.
Working with the seasoned people who come to the Friendship Centers, I feel a great deal of gratitude, respect and admiration.
We’re still those “kids of yesterday,” dealing with some tough challenges: loss of health, financial insecurity; loneliness, loss family and friends, and the overwhelming duties of caring for aging loved ones. Together, we still find a ways to make lemonade. That’s really what “people helping people” at The Friendship Centers is all about.
About Peg Palmer
Peg Palmer is director of communications and public education for the Friendship Centers. She has been with Senior Friendship Centers since 1996, and is editor of Prime Times, published by the Sarasota Herald Tribune. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sarasota County Aging Network, and has served on board of the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. She co-produced the Healthy Aging Television Series aired on the Education Channel. Prior to joining Senior Friendship Centers, she was marketing special sections editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. She is co-author of the Insider’s Guide to Sarasota and Bradenton, a 500 page book published by Knight Ridder.