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The Lemonade Stand

Rev. Anne Abdy

The Lemonade Stand

Monday afternoon on my way home after completing some errands, I drove by a lemonade stand manned by a young boy. I pulled over. At the same time, a young adult male rode up on his bike. As I got out of the car, I overheard him ask,

“How much?”

The young boy answered, “50 cents.”

“I don’t have any change with me. When are you going to be out next?”

“Friday,” the boy answered.

“Okay, I will see you then.”

At that time, I interjected myself into the conversation and offered to buy the bicyclist a cup of lemonade.

“Oh, thank you! You don’t need to do that!”

“Yes, I do,” I replied. “I do.”

While I purchased 2 drinks of lemonade, I asked the young boy,

“What are you using the money for?”

“To buy a game controller. I have to watch my cousin play and cannot play with him. I am ten dollars from getting all the money I need.”

“I gave him my dollar,” but secretly knew that I would be back at his next opportunity to pay the remaining money he needed.


I was so touched with his ingenuity and determination. He has sat in the blistering heat at the busy corner of this cross street in our neighborhood many times. Both Stacy and I have bought lemonade from him before.


I want to make him smile. What are you doing to make others smile??



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