A Sunday Feel Good Story – Ice Cold Lemonade

Long-time Boston bus driver John Lohan recently managed to make a group of young children smile ear-to-ear after he used a little bit of spare time he had on his bus route to patronize their old-fashioned lemonade stand.

“A whole bunch of factors fell into place,” Lohan explained. “My only thinking was that it’d be a thrill for the children where they’d have a great story to tell for the rest of their lives.”

How to Run a Successful Lemonade StandAnd the kids agreed, especially when Lohan generously overpaid for the ice-cold lemonade on a warm summer day for his seven passengers on the bus — shelling out a little extra for the children’s hard work.

“It only costs 50 cents, and he bought seven of them, and he gave us 10 bucks, so he’s awesome,” said Erin Starkey, one of the young entrepreneurs who made the big sale to Lohan.

The passengers on the bus, according to Lohan, didn’t mind the extra minute or two it took to get the lemonade poured and delivered.

“All of them went along with it so well and they were such great sports,” he told ABC. “I honestly estimated it’d take between 60 and 90 seconds to pour the seven cups and start rolling again and that’s exactly how it worked out.”

Lohan said that aside from the ecstatic lemonade-selling children, passengers on his bus who were treated to the refreshment all thanked him profusely for making their day as they exited the bus.


With all of the bad news that dominates the media, it’s good to see a story like this from time to time. It puts a smile on our faces and reminds us there are still good people in this world who do kind things and don’t expect a payback. Kudos to you John Lohan.


(h/t Hardnox)

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3 Responses to A Sunday Feel Good Story – Ice Cold Lemonade

  1. Uriel says:

    It is nice. I remember those days from my own youth. When neighbors smiled, looked out for all the children regardless of tensions, and life was full of small wonders. Thanks for bringing back those good memories.

  2. Grouchy says:

    In today’s hectic “dog eat dog” and high pressure time schedules, sometimes we NEED to just, “Stop and smell the roses.”
    Mr. Lohan, your good deed has gone FAR beyond your bus route~!, and has taken many back down the tracks of a beautiful Memory Lane.

  3. Terry says:

    What ? He could have gotten 13 cupcakes with the change !!
    Just kidding 😀 What a nice thing to do for the kids and the passengers. Kudos to him !