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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Sweet Lemonade: Part 1

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”

We have all heard this saying, and we know what it means: look on the bright side of things. Well this week, I had two opportunities to turn lemons into lemonade. In this post, I will share the first one with you.

My friend, Azie, hosted a wonderful royal wedding–watching party. It started at eleven o’clock in the morning, and my mom and I were the first to arrive with pastries and cakes in hand. Little by little, other guests arrived (all women) with mountains of food, including sandwiches, pastries, and sweet treats. Our hostess made mimosas and tea—both hot and iced—and we all sat down to watch the pomp and circumstance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.

It was raining outside, but not heavily. In fact, my hostess’s little girl and some of her friends were out by the pool having a pizza party and watching the wedding on a big outdoor screen.

As with most royal weddings, the build-up to the ceremony lasted about two hours. At one point, the lights in Azie’s house flickered but immediately came back on. We thought nothing of it. We watched Oprah, the Beckhams, and a host of other VIPs arrived at St. George’s Chapel for the wedding. We watched Meghan wave and smile from the vintage Rolls-Royce that took her and her mother to the cathedral.

As we drank mimosas and noshed on treats, we watched Harry and the future king of England, William, walk into the church, looking dashing (and in Harry’s case, a bit nervous) in their dark uniforms.

We watched Meghan emerge from the car, looking tasteful, elegant and understated. She beamed with joy and happiness. A look of true love shone in her eyes.

And then the power went out. I mean out. It wasn’t coming back. We all groaned.

Luckily, our hostess, Azie, took this setback in stride. She thought of games for us to play, including one called What’s in Your Purse? By the time we finished that one, we were laughing. (I mean, who carries toenail clippers in her purse?).

We soon realized we weren’t there for the royal wedding. We were there to spend time together, to have fun dressing to the nines and wearing crazy hats, to drink tea with our pinkies sticking out, to laugh, and to make new friends. That was what the day was about.

And in those moments before the lights went out, we witnessed true and abiding love on the faces of Harry and Meghan. I wish them all the happiness in the world. And I know that Princess Diana was looking down on her son from heaven and smiling at the strong and faithful man he has become and at the beautiful and intelligent woman he has chosen as his wife.

Until next time, make lemonade.

Solange

 

Image courtesy of Nick Harris (CC BY-ND 2.0)

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