It finally happens. Without warning, a day appears on the calendar for which there are no plans. No work or school or sports or recitals or graduations or practices or mandatory celebratory events requiring fancy shoes your kids probably no longer fit into. The sun hangs high in the sky, promising fine weather and the freedom to do whatever you want—including nothing at all. Oh, yes. "Nothing at all" sounds wonderful, doesn't it?
As you close your eyes to take in a slow, grateful breath for this reprieve, there is a 100% chance that a voice will chime in at top volume from out of nowhere, saying, "Mom, can I have a lemonade stand today?"
Mothers are usually quite savvy creatures, what with our We'll sees and our I'll think about its at the ready for when kids ask for these sorts of things. But kids are clever, too. They can smell a moment of weakness and will pounce without hesitation. This is why we all find ourselves reluctantly agreeing to the mental roller coaster that is putting together a last-minute lemonade stand with our little ones.
Here is a sampling of the many thoughts moms have from the moment we're asked to whip up this small business. Hopefully, at the end of the day, we'll think that it's worth the effort, after all.