Not thirsty for lemonade 6

I’m sure you’ve heard that saying that “when life gives you lemons, you should just make lemonade.”  (Adding sugar to lemons is pretty easy for me to do because I’m a “sweetheart” to quote my husband who’s the only person I know who has ever called me sweet.  Plus, my nickname is Candy, to family and folks who knew me back in the day.)

Take life’s lemons and make lemonade.  But suppose you don’t want lemonade?  Suppose you want cider, water, coffee, tea?  What if you want wine, whiskey or champagne?  How are you supposed to do that with a lemon?

Copyright 2009 – Candelaria N. Silva


About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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6 thoughts on “Not thirsty for lemonade

  • Jim

    This is one jam packed little post. Yeah! I hate lemonade. Okay, hate is too strong a word…let’s just say I’d rather have something else. So when life gives me lemons, I put’m in the fridge and use’m to cook with. Sometimes I sit’m on the window sill and let’m dry out. Desiccated lemon…now that’s a rare item. Good thing hubby thinks your sweet, especially if he’s the only one. I wonder how hard it is to make lemon curd. Yum.

  • Candelaria

    Sometimes I get inspired in the wee hours.  Thanks for your witty comment.  If you want to know how to make lemon curd which is very simple, go to virtually any food blog or do a google search.  ( is one of my favorite sites.  There’s also something called preserved lemon – it seems a bit laborious but I may take it on one day.  Lemons and white wine make an incredible sauce.
    For the record, I like lemonade and I don’t mine making it – when I want to.

  • LeeAnn

    I love lemon curd! Maybe you can send me some when you make it. And, I always thought that was a pretty silly saying too – suppose it’s 8 feet of snow on the ground and who wants lemons? Even I don’t often want lemonade, and I believe lemons are one of the things which make life worth living. Great post btw – really great! Suppose lemon would be tastey in my Jamesons? That might be “kind of” lemonage.

  • Laura

    Who says you have to use the lemon that you are served, or even all of it? Why can’t you use some of the zest to add some spice to the cider or a slice to the tea. Maybe using the lemon is like dieting, it all depends on the portion size. Some days, we can choose to not even look at the lemon sitting right in the middle of the countertop, other days we want to suck a slice just as it is, and others, well, I hear lemon meringue is sweet.