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#390: Thoughts of Ice Cream Running Through My Mind

Saturday, August 07, 2010

I'm sitting here tonight craving ice cream but I have none in the house and will have enough willpower to stay at home and not go get some. But it does bring back memories. It seems as if ice cream has played a part in my life from an early age.

When I was a young boy and we lived in Rhode Island, one of my fondest memories of family time was when Mom and Dad took us kids to the local Dairy Queen. They always got malts, extra thick, while my sisters and I had ice cream cones, single scoop. As we got older we progressed to double scoops then to ice cream sundaes and banana splits. The tradition continued when we moved to Georgia and then Illinois.

When we stayed with my grandmother in Indiana during the summers, one of her favorite treats was to cut a cantaloupe in half, clean out the seeds and then put a few spoonfuls of ice cream in the hollowed out part of the melon. Most of the time it was homemade ice cream made with fresh strawberries that grew wild along the banks of the nearby railroad tracks.

Later, when I got my first job in a Dog 'N Suds fast food restaurant, I made what must have been several hundred cones and sundaes and banana splits for customers. That's when I, too, moved on to milkshakes and malts.

Birthdays always included cake and ice cream. Sometimes even ice cream cake.

After Dad died, Mom would often ask me to drive her to get a sundae. Once in a while we'd share a banana split and we continued the melon/ice cream combination.

For some people, their weakness is chocolate or pies or cakes or Twinkies. For me it's chocolate chip mint or strawberry ice cream or orange sherbet or hot fudge.

So, with no ice cream on hand I guess I'll have some fruit instead and tonight as I sleep instead of visions of sugar plums, maybe I'll have ones of sugar cones and scoops of vanilla. Ah, well.
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  • IAMWINNING
    I, too, like ice cream. An indulgence is to get double chocolate chunk from Brusters...a REAL indulgence.

    I fondly remember making ice cream at grandma's in the summer. We made it in a hand-cranked machine, and there was nothing better tasting after we had done the hard work of cranking the handle, than to sample the peach, or strawberry, or whatever flavor was made. Yum.
    3857 days ago
  • PEPPERLEAH
    There is nothing quite like a bowl of freshly churned home-made icecream! It has been years since I have had the pleasure of indulging in a bowl As you said, icecream has always played a part in my life, too. Now, I try to stick to the fat free, no sugar added variety. And you know, some of it is pretty tasty!
    3858 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Ice cream is my biggest weakness as well...for me it's chocolate tho. Mmmhmm emoticon emoticon

    Good job on resisting the temptation!! *pats on the back*
    3858 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/9/2010 3:22:01 PM
  • BEAUTYEYES
    Ice Cream, then dream on and have fruit, emoticon
    3859 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    I hope you didn't go get any?

    We can do this Lou. You are able to make your journey successful along with me and the rest of the spark team.

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    3859 days ago
  • YATMAMA
    I'm not a real big fan of ice cream, but once in a while I do want it. You have wonderful memories attached to ice cream, happy and comforting memories. I think that's a gift!
    3859 days ago
  • DAWNWATERWOMAN
    Great blog. Of course, now I am craving ice cream! Love, Dawn
    3859 days ago
  • SPARKLOVE
    I love peanut butter sundaes or peanut butter milkshakes. LOL


    I scream, you scream ......we all scream for Ice Cream!!!! Ya! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3860 days ago
  • MARYANNSQUEST
    Lou, I remember going to my great aunts small restaurant and getting milkshakes and single cone ice cream and remembering the cantaloupe with a scope of ice cream in the middle at my grandmas home. How YUMMY it was. emoticon emoticon
    3860 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2010 11:26:37 PM
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    Oh, LOU, I grew up with Dog N Suds as the only ice cream place in our little town! You could pull up just like Sonic, but you could also eat inside! What a treat that was! It's gone now, with that McDonalds in its place (like my 4th of July fireworks photo shows), but it will never beat the memories of Dog N Suds!

    My mother also loved to have cantaloupe with ice cream in the middle! When I married Drex, I always thought it was odd that he cut it lengthwise, Because," I said, "That's not the right hole to put the ice cream in!" He looked at me and said, "Huh?" Those Texans just don't know how to enjoy cantaloupe! emoticon emoticon (j/k)
    3860 days ago
  • MOMMA_LITTLE
    oops! Double post!
    3860 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2010 10:46:43 PM
  • PIGLET1979
    This is joyful! It's so true that eating is a social ritual, and lots of feelings about food are wrapped up with sentiment and nostalgia. When I was little, and not so little, heh, my father and I would go on, father-daughter "ice cream dates." It is one of my fondest memories from childhood, and undoubtedly has forever shaped the way I look at ice cream. Thanks for sharing.
    3860 days ago
  • ASHLEYKAT
    Thanks for sharing. That was beautiful!
    3860 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    We have an ice cream stand less than a mile from my house that gets packed during these summer months. I have found myself frequenting it a lot lately. And my choice? Chocolate milkshakes. I know, I know. But I can't seem to help myself, lol. They close their doors around Halloween. Until then, it's a love/hate relationship.
    3860 days ago
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