You have probably heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, which is to promote positivity in a difficult situation.
This expression was shared by writer Elbert Hubbard during a 1915 obituary for dwarf actor Marshall P. Wilder, who was known to be optimistic and successful despite his disabilities.
Then in 1948, author Dale Carnegie shared a similar phrase in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.
Needless to say, it’s a phrase that has been around for quite some time sharing the sweetness of a bitter fruit.
Over the past few centuries, the uses for lemons has been astounding. In 500 AD, the ancient Egyptians developed lemonade. Then in the 1800’s, lemons were known as a cure for scurvy, a debilitating condition caused by a lack of vitamin C. Back then, sailors were at a high risk for disease, even more dangerous than being in enemy action! One reported expedition lost 1,300 of 2,000 men to illness. A man named James Lind experimented with a variety of remedies and found citrus fruit to be the most beneficial. This demand expanded the lemon growing industry, which began in California.
In the 1870’s, the first lemonade stands were set up in Brooklyn streetcars. This tradition still holds as a fun business practice for children today. Nowadays, we continue to find ways to use lemons in our daily routines.
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