Monday, August 23, 2010

Lemonade Stand

It's been such a hot and humid summer. As I was driving home from Walmart's the other day, I saw a small homemade lemonade stand set up on the sidewalk. It was constructed like we used to make bookcases back in the late 60's, early 70's, to hold a stereo system. There were two cinder blocks piled one on top of the other at each end and then a board across the top between them.

A handprinted sign was taped to the board and hanging down over the front. Even the sign was perfect for their stand, printed all in caps with crayon, and the 'N' in the word LEMONADE was printed backwards. Of course I pulled over and bought a glass for fifteen cents (I couldn't help myself. I gave them each a quarter tip, too). This is when I met Jacob, age 8, and his little sister, "Sissy" who was 6.

Jacob and Sissy took their business very seriously. Total teamwork. Sissy held the cup, Jacob poured the lemonade from the pitcher, and I drank ALL of my lemonade, even though there wasn't NEARLY enough sugar in it ...

Anyway, I couldn't stop thinking about them and when I got home, I gave my imagination free reign for writing and even put a special little twist on the end of this poem.

Lemonade Stand
by CJ Heck

Get your ice cold glass of lemonade!
Hurry, 'fore it's gone.
We made it just this morning.
See the table that it's on?

We promise that you'll like it
and there's sugar in it, too --
not like it was the other day
when mom and dad said "Ewwwww."

Get your ice cold glass of lemonade!
Boy, grownups sure are funny --
they smile a lot at little kids
who are trying to make money.

Thank you, ma'am, and thank you, sir,
you've helped us out a bunch.
Sissy, let's go make some more.
It's almost time for lunch.

Get your ice cold glass of lemonade!
Only fifteen cents a glass!
We've got to make more money
and we've got to make it fast.

Daddy said it wouldn't work,
that people wouldn't stop.
They'd hurry right on past us
and then they'd laugh a lot.

One last glass of lemonade!
This was so much fun!
Let's get this table put away
and then we've got to run.

Sissy look ... it's snowing!
But that will be all right.
Now we have money for presents
'cause Santa Claus comes tonight.

... my cheeks still ache from the lemon-sour pucker

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1 comment:

Gabby Streck said...

This was cute! I read it to the class I am subbing for. One little girl asked why they were selling lemonade on the street when you can buy it in the store. So I told them that when I was a kid lemonade stands were a way for children to make money. And then had an "aha" moment. I figured out two ways to make this into math lessons (I used to home school my kids so my mind is always thinking in this mode). Anyway, your cute poem taught them some new words too. Thank you CJ, you helped me get through what should have been a slightly stressful day. First day of subbing this school year.