My lemonade took me to a wonderful woman who is 89 years old this week. A special delivery as the local store she shops at didn’t have full cases for her to buy. She buys our lemonade for her worker who drinks exactly 1 lavender lemonade every day – she said he only drinks natural drinks, not coke and she was running low and wanted to keep the refrigerator stocked up for him.
It was late in the afternoon and I agreed to meet her wherever she would like – she had some shopping to do and said she could meet me at her commercial office. While I wasn’t exactly comfortable meeting someone as it grew dark by myself, I trusted that it would be okay.
What happened next was one of the most amazing experiences I have had yet. This woman and her husband were collectors and as she took me through her large office of collections of antiques and things so lovingly acquired from decades of collecting I listened to her stories about the history of special things she selected to talk about. I loved her story about the picture of her skydiving when she turned 70! She described the story in such wonderful detail she almost had me convinced it was a bucket list item for me.
At almost an hour later we ended in her office (she’s 89 and has a fully functioning office!) She starts inserting the paper into an antique player piano, I look at the music and faintly printed are the words on the paper that will soon be spinning through the roller and can’t believe my eyes. The music “Show me the way to go home” is starting to sound as the keys are playing by itself… I sing to the music as I remember the last time I heard that song played was my grandma who played it on the ukulele for me every time I would visit – eventually I learned to play and sing it myself as soon as I was old enough. Tears came to my eyes as the music finished and I looked at this wonderful woman who had hugged me the moment I met her.
As I sit writing this I remember the moment I created LOL and as I was feeling so alone as my 25 year job of raising our 3 children was over as the youngest headed off to college and losing my part time job with the local school district I didn’t know what I was going to do. I remember I just kept thinking connecting to people was what I really wanted – and what better way to do that but through the lemonade I had made for our kids, family and friends?
I turned to my new friend and asked her what her secret is? Without skipping a beat she said, “I just keep busy, I have things I need to do and oh I have so many interests!” She is now trying to decide what she will do to celebrate her 90th birthday.
And now, it was dark, my husband no doubt worried where I was but I stood in the parking lot not sure about how I got to this place to meet this amazing woman. She gave me another hug and was so thankful that I had brought our lavender lemonade to her – I looked back and told her any time I would be happy to hand deliver our lemonades to her and thanked her for being such a wonderful example of how we can all achieve happiness and fulfillment no matter our age… I love that I said yes to starting Lori’s Original Lemonade and wonder how many wonderful people I will get to meet along the way-
Lori, Chief Believer