The idea behind that expression is that we have to deal with whatever life hands out to us. In other words, make out the best you can of a given situation. It basically has the same meaning as “play the cards you’re dealt.” Lemons, as a subtropical tart citrus fruit, can be made into the sweet thirst-quenching drink lemonade. Lemonade was a favorite drink of the past during the summer time. Parents would sometimes allow their children to set-up a lemonade stand. Of course the parents would furnish the ingredients for the lemonade and their son or daughter would get to pocket the money made from this enterprise.
Successfully achieving our goals in life does not always come easy. Winston Churchill is credited with saying: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. How we respond to each and every situation in which we face in life will determine what we’re really made of.
We can even learn from an unpleasant situation. Rather than to throw up our hands in defeat we should dig in our heels with the determination of overcoming our obstacles and difficulties. Thomas A. Edison said, in reference to his effort of inventing the light bulb, “I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that it won’t work.” He didn’t give up and today we are the recipients of his invention.
Actually I like the tart taste of lemons and request it when asking for a glass of water or ordering tea at a restaurant. Also, its aromatic scent is used by industrial manufacturers worldwide in household cleaning products.
Another believed positive effect of lemons is its fight against cancer. Many contend that drinking and/or eating lemons daily will help keep us from developing cancer.
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. Presently he serves as full-time evangelist for the Pittsburg Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)