But to get back to the lemons. Of course, you all know the rest of that proverb: make lemonade. And very positive thinking that is, too. Unfortunately, it's not always possible to think positively when life throws lemons in one's path. Just think of the words of the song:
Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweetAnd, for your increased delectation, here are the Seekers singing it.
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
I'm sorry to say that life has been chucking a few lemons around my family of late. It's now seven or eight years since the Old Bat was diagnosed with a progressive neurological complaint. The medical term is corticobasal degeneration. This is when cells in a particular area of the brain start dying off and the patient gradually loses the power to control the limbs, can have difficulty swallowing and suffers deterioration in speech. The progression can be all but imperceptible, but over the weeks and months becomes ever more noticeable.
And now my younger son, in his early 40s, has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis
It's difficult to have any positive thoughts about that.
But no doubt things will seem a little better tomorrow. Or the day after. Or next month.