Matt Carasone was born and raised in Clinton, then he moved to South Carolina for a bit, and now he's back, living in Madison. And he has something to say about the current heat wave. "This is like winter in South Carolina!" he said Thursday, while tending to his lemonade stand. "There's only one season there [he raises one finger here and waves it around for emphasis] and it's summer!"
Like any good businessman, Carasone is taking a bad situation () and making the best of it. He is, literally, taking lemons and making lemonade. And sweet tea. And he was selling both to hot and thirsty customers along Neck Road Thursday.
When business slowed down, he took out his copy of When My Name Was Keoko and dug into that. It's one of his summer reading assignments. Carasone will be a 7th grader at Polson Middle School next year and he plans to be ready on the first day of school. "It's so hard to find time to read!" he said, now waving the book in the air. "We're always going everywhere and doing all these things, so I figured this would be a good time to read."
Carasone's mom, Cindy, says Matt is a young man with a plan. And part of his business plan, she says, is raising enough money to buy a bike. Not just any bike, says Matt, he wants a Mongoose. "Sales are going well," he says. "I'm pretty sure I'm going to get it."
If the weather stays this hot, Matt is sure to do well with his stand. And, so far, it looks like it will.