A Suburban Sign Of Spring

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“So let it be written. So let it be done.”

~ Yul Brynner Rameses, The Ten Commandments

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As I was driving back into our subdivision late Saturday afternoon, I came upon a traffic jam.  This is unusual because unlike some subdivisions, we have different ways in and out of this area.

As I sat there, not moving, I wondered what the hold-up was all about.

Then I saw the sign.  It was a handwritten sign, propped up against some large blue + white Coleman coolers.  The sign explained it all.  It said:

LEMONADE

Around this sign + coolers were three adorable, yelling, jumping entrepreneurs who had set up their lemonade stand in such a way as to get business from the traffic coming toward them in three directions.  

These were clever girls.  With oodles of energy– and the persuasive powers of a pharaoh.

So, like all the other dutiful suburbanites in the cars ahead of me, I bought some lemonade– which turned out to be red fruit punch.  And being of a kind nature, I purchased a large cup for 75¢– which was a half-filled 16 oz plastic cup.  And then, because service with a smile is so rare these days, I tipped the young entrepreneurs 33%.

Some people may believe that Spring arrives when nature says it is the right time, but for me it’s officially Spring when I spot my first lemonade stand and get suckered into buying a cup.

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Happy Spring, everyone!  It is finally here.

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Ally Bean

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16 thoughts on “A Suburban Sign Of Spring”

  1. So funny that you would post this. I, too, purchased lemonade from two children. Their cups were 6 oz filled half-way for a quarter. I gave them a dollar just to see how big their smiles could get. It was worth it!

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    1. Cheri, these girls were hilarious. Delightful, really. I only had a buck with me, so that’s all I could give them– but they seemed thrilled with it. Such enthusiasm.

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  2. Wow. A lemonade/Kool Aid stand already. True, we almost made it to 80 here in NEO, but that’s just Way Quick. It was pure heaven having windows open, airing out the house. I am SO READY for spring!

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    1. nance, it was warm enough over the weekend to open up the house. ‘Twas delightful, I tell ‘ya. So combined with the appearance of a lemonade stand, I decided to declare it officially Spring.

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  3. Oh how I’d love to see a lemonade stand. Here, spring is foretold by a decrease in snowbirds and homeless people who start heading back north, and an increased # of adults selling bottled water and lychees at intersections. I am proud to say that Miami is the only city I know of that has a man selling socks at a traffic light. How many times have you wished for a curbside sock vendor?

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    1. Rachal, I love it! I want to experience a curbside sock vendor. Maybe the kids around here are thinking too small with this lemonade stand concept. They need to think: socks.

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    1. philosophermouse, now that warmth & sunshine are here I’m ready to jump into all sorts of projects. I’m sooo tired of planning & more than ready to start doing!

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  4. That is very cute and what a good feeling. On a different note, I saw Yul Brynner in The King and I in Seattle many years ago and he was MESMERIZING. What a great actor!

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