Clearly, good vibes and friendship connections have no geographic limitations.
Once upon a time, in real-time, three women writers, living on three different seaboards of this big ol’ beautiful world, formed a bond on a popular internet writing site. We never met in person, yet a synergy was felt from the early days. All as a testament to forming relationships the new school vs. old school way.
As we hung out online and shared stories about various life experiences, we spotted a common theme. It didn’t matter, the specifics on how we spent our days at work or play. Quite simply, we were in awe as we noted similarities in how we dealt with the life LEMONS sometimes hurled in our separate directions.
We three aim high when we finally smoosh our lemons into something more useful and elaborate.
It was apparent that the three of us are, ultimately, take the bull by the horns kinda gals. The word ultimately is critical because, as is the case for many, the path to resolution is not always a quick one.
One of us. Paroma, was that you? Yes, you said something like:
Girlfriends we choose to make so much more than lemonade from our own life-lemons. Hell-yeah. We turn them into pretty lemon frosted cupcakes, lemon-icious themed designer outfits, lemon meringue pie, limoncello, brilliant lemon colored kicks, muted lemony beach cruiser bicycles. You name it.
I wanted to ask:
Did you mean cream cheese lemon flavoured frosting on the cupcakes?
But I resisted…
Yes, indeedy, friends. We three aim high when we finally smoosh our lemons into something more useful and elaborate. Lemonade seems just too…well, you know. Whisper: basic
It is summed up like this: The ol’ Go Big or Stay home mantra. Find opportunity, get rid of despair.
Next thing you know, one of us said:
Gee Willikers, we should share these life experiences of ours through a “sort of” advice column.
Full disclosure, the word used was Shit, not gee willikers.
The light bulb went on in our minds, and here we are. The birth of our new project and site: FROM LEMON
Our first inquiry arrived from the charming but conflicted Instagrammed Weddings are Not Enough (IWNE). Her story and our reply details are presented fully on our site. We would love for you to click on over there, read a bit and encourage anyone to send us a new question. Here’s the link.
Of course IWNE is just our first entry, we plan to don our collective thinking caps for repeat performances about all sorts of queries and dilemmas.
Our audience is the collective library of humanity.
We, at FROM LEMON, present ourselves as extensions to someone’s valuable friend network. You know the one. The pals you text or FaceTime to get input on the latest calamity. Or a recent my bad. Maybe a problem about a dating app swipe. A tiff with your brother. Trouble with a co-worker. It could even be a secret you just discovered about the guy making pizza at the joint down the street. Like life, the list of topics is endless.
FROM LEMON’s Amy said it best as we tried to define the nature of our readership.
I think the things we all discuss with friends, virtually and in real-time, cover close to the whole shebang of human smiles and frowns. Our audience is the collective library of humanity.
Our voices will help to put a few more ideas on most consideration piles. Sure, the serious side will be our focus. We will also do our best to inject a little fun along the way. Laughter is a universal best medicine for what ails.
If we three can, in some small girl-friend-chatting exchange, help pave the way to Easier Street, then that is our gift to any of our letter writers and readers.
It is important to us to add this qualifier. When the going gets tough, or even a bit questionable, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to seek professional advice from certified and qualified counsellors. FROM LEMON is all about friends talking and batting everyday experiences around, there is no professional advice coming from us. In fact, we will be among the first to remind anyone to seek out a trained and certified therapist. Please check out our disclaimer on our site for further info. This is the link.
Coming Up Next:
A Teensy Sample about Ms. Instagrammed Weddings are Not Enough ( IWNE)*
Suze: How about this, my Lemon Candy girls. Let’s hope we can tempt our readers to take a boo at our FROM LEMON site and read all the details about IWNE’s trials and tribulations.
What say we each give a two-sentence summary about the dilemma currently facing Ms. IWNE. Yeah, I know… that’s a big ask considering the mess she is facing.
Amy: I’ll do it. Let me know if I leave anything major out. Two sentences make it tight.
Paroma: Her sitch has a lot going on. Poor sweet thing. I am aching for her.
Suze: Amy, tag, you’re IT.
Amy: Living the dream of happily ever after when Bam! reality hits and life’s drama races in. From marriage, careers, no kids, to the prospect of parenting, to affairs and deserted islands…this dilemma has it all.
Paroma: You got the Bam! part right, Ames! What’s making our lovely IWNE dizzier than a drunken bat at prom — is really when the trusty home partnership is getting rusty, there’s also the exciting outsider…too many things together, complicating this broth. What’s one to do with it all?
Suze: Mah lovelies, you both win the heavy-highlights-tell-me-more prize! Just let me add the gaslighting she is getting from the hubby. Mainly about his regular wee hours of the morning slip-back into the condo. Then, total avoidance of IWNE as he dashes through the shower, emerging all pristine and clean-like. Thinking this sorta smells…
Amy: Well. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it probably is a: XXXX.
© Suzanne V. Tanner, Paroma Sen, Amy Marley 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Want more? We sure hope you do.
A. and P. just messaged me. Ah ha. Looks like I almost forgot a huge second announcement. This note is to our Writer Friends. Hopefully, before 2021 ends, we will invite a few interested WRITERS to join us in a one-off guest writer spot. The opportunity will be either: 1. A fourth commentator on a particularly dicey dilemma OR 2. A general guest post.
Dear WRITERS: please let us know in the comments or by email if you wish to discuss this future opportunity.
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