Our first summer in Dallas
In mid-afternoon heat
We had a lemonade stand
Put up signs
Made sugar syrup
Followed a recipe
The lemonade was just right.
We sat on the lawn
Wondered where all the people were.
If a lemonade stand wouldn’t work
In this heat
With our signs by busy roads
(and free ice water!)
What hope was there?
The little boys were bright boiled pink
Collectively we acquired 40 new mosquito bites
Most of them on sweet Lenora
Finally two women from down the street
Walked over with their little dog
They bought lemonade with quarters
They stayed to chat
They let the little boys feed sticks to their dog.
They were so nice
We were able to write the whole thing off
As a success.