Sure I get why people say it. It's a witty way to say "make the best out of a bad situation." So why not just say that? See, it was quick and to the point. No lemons necessary. Or perhaps I've given this a bit too much thought??? Well, tough lemons, I'm a blogger. It's sort of in the job description.
Back to the meaning of this post. Ah, yes, making the best of a bad situation. It always seems a bit impossible when you're currently in the middle of dealing with your lemony situation. Like for instance, getting fired. I'm sure after getting axed, not too many people smile at their bosses (who've just done the firing) and say "well gee Bob, I've got $25.03 in the bank, but that's cool, I'm sure I'll get everything straightened out before I get kicked out of my house. Guess I'd better start squeezing those lemons!" If I had to place money on it, I'd say that getting fired with $25.03 in the bank tends to lead to curling up in the fetal position on the couch and having a hysterical weep-a-thon.
I suppose that's okay. Maybe we all need to have a bit of a cry-fest when the bottom drops out. Cry. Get it out of your system. And then start looking for possible solutions.
It's not what happens immediately after we find ourselves in a tough situation that defines us. It's what we do once we've had the time to sort through it. Do we sit down and give up? Or do we calmly get back up, look life straight in the eyes, and say "you hit like a girl."
That's where we are now. Life has been kicking us around quite a bit. And that's cool. For now. Because I know, at the end of the day, tough times never last, tough people do.
So for now, I'm just going to continue to make the best of a bad situation. One day, when Mr. A and I are old and decrepit, living in our condo in Key West (compliments of our lawyer/doctor/astronaut daughter) We'll look back at these times and smile because we made it.