DENTON - Beyoncé may have made it trendy this summer but lemonade and the famous saying that uses it as a metaphor, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, have been popular long before Beyoncé’s album.
The same applies to the small capital venture known as the lemonade stand, it`s been giving kids a head start in Business 101 for generations. Unfortunately, for one local girl from Denton, it`s also given her a head start in learning about bad intentions.
14-year-old Mia Cagle, who's birthday was Thursday, originally set up her lemonade stand to help raise money for the fallen officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
"I felt bad for the kids who won't be able to see their dads or spend birthdays with their dads,” says Mia. “That's why I decided to spend my birthday will all these people out in the community."
One day when Mia left her stand to go home and get more supplies she returned to find a horrible surprise, "When we came back the table was broken and the bench was stolen."
But Denton PD stepped in to rescue Mia's little business. After hearing about the incident, property crimes detectives bought Mia a new table along with more lemonade and cups so that she could continue her fundraising. Mia was overcome with gratitude, "I was so thankful, I was like these people are amazing, really generous for doing this."
Mia’s mother, Emily, is happy that her kids were able to see the good side of law enforcement, "They see so much bad to see the good is absolutely amazing what these officers did…and the interaction the officers had with these kids...letting them see that not all are bad."
Pretty sweet turnaround to a sour situation if we must say so ourselves. If you'd like to contribute to the fund Mia will be in business at the Denton Town Square until Sunday.