“Can I have a lemonade stand?” eight-year-old Kiersten asked me the other day.
My gut-response was to say no. From my adult perspective, there was very little in her favor for a successful lemonade stand: it was a Monday morning (most people are at work), college was out for the summer (we live in a college town with mainly college students as our neighbors), and it was a bit overcast (not ideal lemonade-stand weather). I didn’t want her to be disappointed.
Looking at her eager face, I decided to shoot straight with her. I explained all the reasons her lemonade stand might not be successful.
“That’s okay,” she replied, undeterred by my list of discouragements.
“You would have to do this completely on your own,” I added. Truth be known, I was not up for the work of a lemonade stand.
“Okay,” she replied. Again, undeterred.
Kiersten spent the next hour and a half busily making posters and signs, gathering materials, setting up her stand, making the lemonade, and “selling.” In the end, she had a grand total of one “real” customer (the “unreal” customers were yours truly and her two little brothers). Yet she was happy.
What I realized as I observed these events is that the goal for Kiersten wasn’t really about making money or having tons of customers. Of course, either of those would have been thrilling. But it was the activity itself that brought her joy. The lemonade stand was an outlet for her creative little self.
This blog is my lemonade stand. I don’t know who might stop by. I may not have many customers. But right now that doesn’t matter. It’s my outlet for something I love to do. Just writing and capturing and shaping my thoughts on “paper” brings me joy.
Of course, I’ll be thrilled to have some customers. In fact, the lemonade is free if you choose to stop by. And if you like it and decide to come back, well, that’s even sweeter! For now, though, I’m just happy to be here ~ making lemonade at my very own lemonade stand.