Day 9: To the lemonade makers…

To the lemonade makers…

Our washing machine malfunctioned. This is small and insignificant in a world where 58 mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters, and sons died tragically in a mass shooting. In a world where Puerto Ricans are dying of preventable disease and circumstances. In a world where both your parents are dead, your brother in juvenile hall, and your little sister gone too young. In a world where women hand wash clothes on a washboard and rinse them in rain water- if the rain comes.

So to the laundromat we go with baskets and hangers and detergent in hand. I don’t want to go. I want to sit on my couch and transfer the clothes when I hear my washer’s bell tones.

But when we arrive? Owen considers the quarter insertion a joy. Both kiddos pitch in and load washers. Pour detergent. Play the claw machine. And crack me up. I ponder life outside the laundromat’s large front window while Hannah crochets and Owen bowls electronically. Peaceful. Relaxing. Listening to the hum of the washers and the whirl of the dryers while talking about life.

We make lemonade from lemons. Not some “glass half full”  psycho babble. Nope. Just enjoying the moment. Knowing our time together is limited, and we don’t want to miss any moments. And we aren’t the only ones…

I see you, lemon squeezer. Sugar add-er. Vigorous stirrer. Thirst quencher. You take the sour parts of life and squeeze them for all their worth. You add sweetness as best you can. Not fake Splenda. Or Equal. Ick. Nobody likes fake. You are the real thing. You stir vigorously, making sure the sour melts into the sweet. Not one pulp or grain left out or behind.

Broken washer. Flat tire. Lost money. Busted window.

Left out. Looked over. Loved less.

But still breathing. That’s how you see life.

Thanks, lemonade maker. We appreciate your presence and positivity. You remind us of what really matters. You don’t gloss over, making the inner nasty look outwardly nice. You infuse and sweeten from the inside out. And for that, we say a big ole thank you!
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Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.1 Thessalonians 5:18

Day 9 of 31

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