The Scarf and The Lemonade Stand

“To see the world through the eyes of a child,
is to see the world and what it could become.” ~ HL

    Today something happened that instantly turned my heart into a pile of helpless mushy goo. While driving through my neighborhood, I could see in the distance two little figures dancing at the end of a driveway. I knew one must be the little girl who lived there, for she occasionally has a lemonade stand. I always stop and give her at least a dollar for the .25 cent cup of watered down mix.

     As I drove by, one of the girls jumped up and down placing her hands together in earnest prayer.  She was begging, “Oh please, oh please, oh please!!!” I knew I had absolutely no cash, so I smiled and waved to the girls, and then raced home to see what I could find. I grabbed ten dollars – a five for each of them and drove back up the street. As they saw my car approach, they began to dance in glee. My heart instantly melted at their sheer innocence and excitement of something so simple; something most would dismiss as mundane.

     I rolled down my window to welcome the cherubic faces scrambling to greet me. They were adorable – their energy captivating. For it is their energy I wish to have in abundance, in my life, every single day. I handed them each a five and said I just needed one cup of lemonade. You would have thought I handed them a one hundred dollar bill by their gasping, jaw dropping, eyes widening expressions! The girl who lived at the house cried, “Oh, are you sure!?!?” “Thank you SO much!” Then she asked, “How would you like to buy a scarf instead? I made them with my Grandma, and they are ten dollars.”

     “I would love to buy a scarf.” I smiled at them warmly. I asked the first girl what she was saving her money for, and she promptly explained to me that she was going to give some of the money to charity, and the rest was going to help pay for her brother’s Christmas gift. (Insert heart stabbing dagger) I then asked her friend what she was saving for. She said she had no intention of keeping any of the money, she was just there to help her friend. (Ohhh, and the dagger twisted deeper into my heart) Ouch! These girls were killing me slowly indeed.

     I told them how proud I was of them, what big hearts they had, and that what they were doing was VERY important, and to keep up the good work. If they only knew what they were doing, they literally had no idea. What they were doing was serving others, along with being a beautiful role model for the rest of us. Ever notice how children tend to do this without even trying?

     Children live from their hearts. They love and give without second thought of “what’s in it for me.” They simply live in the moment. They embrace life. They are love. They are beautiful reminders of what this world should be like. May I always remember the little girls with the lemonade stand when this troubling world gets me down.

Love & Light,

~ by Heather on December 1, 2013.

20 Responses to “The Scarf and The Lemonade Stand”

  1. Thank you for sharing Heather! Beautifully written! It was nice meeting you today.


  2. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this! When I was growing up I always wanted to have stands like this (sometimes my dad’s garden veggies) on the side of the road, only I would get too nervous when people stopped and I’d make one of my parents do the exchange. 🙂


    • I loved my lemonade stands as a kid, though I remember more the joy of setting up and coloring the sign than the # of customers I had. We lived on a cul de sac – not the best location! Simple pleasures that still make me smile 🙂 Thanks Patrick!


  3. Thank you so much for sharing your experience you had with the little girls selling lemonade and scarfs I so tried to discourage them from having a lemonade stand in December as they ran out the door with the country time lemonade in hand and smiles on there faces – I thank you for bringing me back to people in our lives that serve – It does take a child to sometimes show us this – God Bless Jeannie Frans New Neighbor


    • Well so nice to meet you new neighbor! 🙂
      Sometimes all it takes is such a gentle reminder to bring us back to our heart center and remember what our souls are meant to do while here – and that is shine! Thank you for the sweet comment.


  4. Love this Heather, “Adult Resignation”, right?!?!


  5. K don’t think I can read anymore today I have tears as its sounds like me.. its as though our lives are mirrored in some ways.. seeing how you see the world, why you started writing and this amazing story. But don’t worry I’ll be back to read more. Thanks for doing what I did and finally putting yourself out there because you did the right thing!


    • Thank you so much for the encouragement! Maybe we can empower others to ‘put themselves’ out there as well. It’s too exhausting to hide and pretend we are something we’re not. Enough of the lies, enough of the deceit, enough of the backstabbing and trying to be on top…those people are fighting a battle that will never be won. We can just let them snuff themselves out while we stand back and watch um in action!


  6. P.S. I’m reblogging this tomorrow, though I don’t know how to do that without reblogging then editing and rescheduling it lmao.. so when you see I have and don’t see it, know its scheduled for tomorrow. I’m sti;; getting the hang here so bear with me!


  7. Reblogged this on Beginning Life at 43 and commented:
    A blogger after my own heart, and a story that tore at the strings of my heart just as she herself does in it. I’d of done the very same too.. after all, what’s a little watered down lemonade next to the uplifting things we can do and get from thinking and helping others, especially kids.


  8. oh the innocence of children is so disarming..thank you for sharing this moment


    • Thank you for taking time to comment on my blog. I appreciate those who are continuously in awe of the wonder of children and those who can take the time to see the world through their eyes. They are teachers of innocence and keepers of peace. I can tell from your blog you feel the same way I do 🙂 Your writing on motherhood touches my heart and makes me long for the days when my sons were little and full of wonder.

      From one mother to another across the world… We speak the same maternal language. Cheers to you! 🙂

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  9. Did I forget to mention how much I love this post? Love, encouragement and blessings, your friend


    • You are so sweet to reblog it! Thank you Laura! I know it must hit home w that sweet grand daughter of yours and the wonder of watching her discover the world. We never stop being moms no matter our age 🙂 Here’s to you dear friend & fellow mother…. How lucky are we?!?!

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  10. Wonderful post! 🙂


  11. […] Similarly, Heather at Intuitive Blessings celebrates how the innocence of children can serve thoughtful reminders to how we may want to live. […]


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