None of this, “If life hands you lemons, make lemonade” crap. Please. First of all, lemons aren’t a horrible fruit. Even my kids eat them as if they are oranges. Hell, candy stores even make giant sour candy balls. If lemons are so bad, why do people want candy that tastes like them? Now potatoes, who the heck eats raw potatoes? Nobody. Do you know why . . . because they taste like ass. I certainly have never seen a potato-flavored jelly bean.
So the assumption is that life can deal you a bad hand. I’m not denying that one bit. When I associate a food with bad luck, it certainly isn’t a pretty yellow lemon. Its going to be a food that plainly tastes horrible and is ugly. What food is that? A freaking potato. An ugly, dirt-brown, grown in the dirt potato. My husband was dealt a bad hand growing up, him and I have experienced multiple baby deaths, and our financials, like most people, are in a constant disarray. Life didn’t hand us no potato, life gave us a mountain of potatoes.We don’t take these potatoes and throw them in a corner. We, like the analogy says, took those ugly-ass potatoes and turned them into a kick-ass, good enough to drink alone, vodka!
You can’t go wrong with vodka. How hard is it, really, to make your own potatoes? I researched this and found a lovely site on DIY vodka with an article called, ” Home Distillation of Alcohol “. I had no idea that Schnapps is also made from potatoes. Very interesting. The process seems simple enough, but time-consuming and a lot of trial and error and using different barleys.
Just like life, we take our bad times and we learn from them. This may not be after the first attempt. We may stumble, but after some time we take the good with the bad and find what works. Eventually we see how something as ugly as a potato can turn into something quite lovely – a chocolate-covered cherry martini. Mmmmmm.
But if life does throw in some lemons, they will end up in my Lemondrop.
Never Lose Hope.