Trite Cliches: When Life Gives you Lemons

Life is full of trite cliches, and I plan on examining a few on my blog.  The first one is one of the most famous:  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, which means make the best of what life gives you.  Well, at the end of our recent vacation, we had the opportunity to put this cliche into action.

We decided to delay our return home to Georgia a few hours so that we could visit with my cousin and his wife, giving them the opportunity to meet Castiél.  We ended up getting on the road at about 5 pm, the afternoon thunderstorm time in Central Florida.  As we got on the interstate, the rain was coming down really hard, but it was only slowing us down a little.  However, before we were on the road for an hour, our windshield wipers broke.  It's not that they stopped working, they came off the track and the wiper in front of the driver started going off the window.  The middle of a thunderstorm is not the place for your windshield wipers to become ineffective.

We pulled off the interstate to investigate.  Carlos figured out that the wiper motor itself came off the mount.  We were in New Smyrna Beach, only an hour away from my aunt's house that we had just left and about six hours from home.  After checking the radar and seeing that the entire route home would be a wet one, we decided to turn around and head back to my aunt's in Brevard county.

We made it safely back without wipers, and by that time it was past 9 pm.  The baby quickly went to sleep, and we ended up playing Pictionary on the Wii with my aunt and uncle.  We had a great time and really enjoyed the unplanned extension to our vacation.

We still don't know what we are going to do about fixing the windshield wipers, but at least at that crucial moment, I think we successfully turned lemons into lemonade.


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