This I Believe

KUHF-Houston Public Radio’s “This I Believe” with Lisa Holthouse

In addition to being a wife and mother, Lisa volunteers a great deal of her time and resources to local charities and non-profits. Among them is "Prepared 4 Life", an organization promoting "Lemonade Day 2008". Teaching youngsters about entrepreneurship and basic money management through lemonade stands is their current focus, as Lisa beautifully explains in her essay for KUHF's This I Believe.


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This native Houstonian and her husband are raising four children…ranging in age from 2 to 18.  Lisa says her family is her greatest source of joy.  Second to that, she says, is volunteering her time and resources to help her community.  She says “giving back” is one of the many lessons she learned from her parents.  In her essay, Lisa reminds us of another lesson she learned as a child…the benefits of operating a lemonade stand.  She admits it’s reminiscent of a time gone by, but Lisa believes the simple lessons are as important today as ever. 

Here’s Lisa Holthouse with her essay for KUHF’s This I Believe.
I believe that something as simple as setting up a lemonade stand and selling lemonade can make a positive difference in the world for children and adults alike.

For many of us adults, owning and operating lemonade stands as children gave us our first taste of sweet success. We earned our own money. We learned about responsibility, hard work and self-reliance.  We were proud of ourselves.  And our friends and relatives happily supported us. We were business owners — and we didn’t even know it!

With huge support from many individuals, businesses and organizations, Prepared 4 Life, a Houston-based non-profit organization, packaged the lemonade stand concept as Lemonade Day in 2007.  Perfect in its simplicity, Lemonade Day is an annual community-wide non-profit event designed to teach our youth lessons in entrepreneurship. Lemonade Day helps young people learn business and financial fundamentals. They also learn the steps to making and saving money.  And we advise them to give something back to a cause of their choice.

Response last year was amazing:  2,600 lemonade stands staffed by more than 5,000 kids sprang up throughout Houston’s inner city and suburbs!  My own kids earned over $100 through their Memorial Park lemonade stand, corralling their buddies to help.

Houston Mayor Bill White proclaimed this Sunday, May 4, as Lemonade Day 2008, and more than 10,000 youngsters are being recruited to start new lemonade businesses!

I believe that every child — regardless of socio-economic conditions – can and should learn how to earn money and become self-sufficient. And I believe in investing in the future leaders of our community. 

We have all heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”
I believe that this Sunday, the Houston metro area will be overflowing with enough lemonade to overcome anything sour or unpleasant that life dishes out.

And on Sunday, I know that there will be at least one lemonade stand in my front yard. How about yours?