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Prompted By Lemons to Lemonade

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Lemons and lemonade make a great contrast, and I can think of many possible stories to recount. Lately, though, life has been more like an Arnold Palmer drink. Something about the half lemonade and half tea, tart and sweet and bolstered with caffeine, symbolizes how so many of us are making do.

Something about the half lemonade and half tea ... symbolizes how so many of us are making do.

Wedding showers, but on Zoom. One loved one miraculously cured of cancer, while another, healthy one day, enters hospice the next. Missing the adventures of the world, appreciating the joys of home. Moment by moment, we savor a slightly different taste with each sip of the Arnold Palmer.

//RetroFlash 100 words


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I have recently retired from a marketing and technical writing and editing career and am thoroughly enjoying writing for myself and others.

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  1. Suzy says:

    Love this RetroFlash, Mare! What a great idea, to use an Arnold Palmer as a metaphor for life these days. I may have to borrow that idea for use elsewhere.

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    This is a great RetroFlash, Marian. I agree with Suzy. You really captured how life has felt during this pandemic.

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    I concur with Suzy, Mare. The bitter with the sweet is a great metaphor for living with the conundrum of the world today. Very philosophical too.

  4. John Shutkin says:

    Beautiful said, Marian. And, has others have noted terrific use of RetroFlash and the concepts (and metaphors) of bitter and sweet. Finally, cool that you know about Arnold Palmers. Usually best known only to golfers.

    • Marian says:

      Thanks, John, I can’t remember exactly when I learned about an Arnold Palmer, but I’m wondering if a golfer friend (and Pebble Beach member wannabe) told me. A sweet moment this summer was when a dear friend and I “escaped” to the Monterey Peninsula for three days, took the 17-mile drive (worth every mile), and stopped at one of the cafes on the Pebble Beach property for lunch. Had to have an Arnold Palmer.

  5. Khati Hendry says:

    Beautifully said, and captured eloquently in a Retroflash. Life in a glass half full of Arnold Palmer.

  6. So true Marion that one day may be sweet and the next bitter.

    We too have lost several friends since Covid, not from the virus but from cancer, heart disease and other ailments our age is heir to.

    Carpe diem and drink those Arnold Palmers!

  7. Love the metaphor, Marian. Applicable to so many circumstances.

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