Making Lemon Aid

Day 8

Positively No Negativity Challenge


Did you ever notice that when you smile, the world seems brighter? And if you smile at someone they usually smile back? I’ve noticed that lately.

Being positive means always seeing the bright side of things, no matter what the situation. Sometimes that’s down right difficult, but let me tell you, it can be done. I remember when my children were young, trying to teach them this fact.

We were on a four-day bike ride in the Laurentians in Quebec, on le Petit Train du Nord. On day two Steve’s bike broke down, and we were not able to fix it with the meager tools in our kit. So we called the “Taxi Rouge” for help, but that involved Daddy leaving with the bike for several hours. So the three children and I had to hang out near a wooden bridge in the woods for that time. At first the attitude was sour and the mood grim. Grumbling was rampant.

I wondered how I was going to ‘entertain’ three young boys for the duration. So we started playing the Gratefulness Game. What could be good in this situation? We found plenty!

– Steve’s bike broke down quite near to a bathroom

– It was a warm and sunny day, perfect for being stuck in the woods

– The wooden bridge was in great shape and it allowed us to have a view of waterfalls

– There were birch trees nearby and we took some bark and wrote notes on it, just like pioneers

– We had an opportunity to wave and smile at the other bikers passing by

– We told stories and laughed


So through our antics and a positive attitude we had a great day. And we kept telling each other, “When life hands you lemons, make lemon aid.”

5 things that made me happy yesterday and for which I am truly grateful:

1.Making the acquaintance, through this blog, of a second cousin I didn’t know I had. Hi Ginny!!

2. A great chat with my sister

3. Spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce

4. A comforting talk and a prayer

5. Getting to send something special to someone special.

“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.”





One thought on “Making Lemon Aid

  1. Francine Ranger

    I sure enjoyed this story and picture!!! Keep smiling 🙂


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