What is LemonAid?
Ultimately, it’s a love story. It’s a story about how – at the grand old ages of 39 and 42 – we individually made some life-changing decisions and ended up together, carving out a life for ourselves and our 4 children, to rediscover who we are – as individuals, as a couple and as a blended family.
Why LemonAid? Well, that’s a nod to…
- The use of the word ‘lemons’ to mean lesbians.
- The fact that us being together has been much needed ‘first aid’ for the lives we were living – each ok – but with a sense that something was missing.
- Filling in those missing parts – of working through our ‘stuff’ together, of doing things that make us feel good and of giving back.
- The saying “when life gives you lemons make lemonade” – because we intend to make the most of the decisions we’ve made, despite the challenges (and there are still many), and make far more than just lemonade 😉
- The perfect kind of lemonaid is a balance of sweet and sour – because the sour makes the sweet taste that little bit sweeter, and vice versa!
What exactly are we doing here?
We began blogging here because we wanted to share more of the realities of what life is like when you make a big leap and we wanted a place to capture the ups and downs of life when you leap.
We started off by sharing mostly the upsides – because if you’re going to do what we’ve done – leave long term relationships, turn our children’s worlds upside-down, start a relationship with one of your best friends, then face the judgment and opinions of friends and family – there better damn well be some upsides! But they’re only part of the story…the other part – the hard stuff, the problems, the challenges – paints a more authentic picture of what our lives are really like behind the fun stuff, so we share that here too.
We write in the format of letters – on the same theme and writing to an anonymous friend (not necessarily the same one!) – because it feels like it allows us to be more authentic, less formal, more personal, more ‘us’ and less “this is what we do/did, you should do it this way too”. We’re not really here to give advice (though we often can’t help ourselves!), we’re here to share our story. We hope you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we’re enjoying it 🙂