Yay! It’s Mr. Softee! What is your favorite ice cream truck?
Today I heard the sound of the ice cream truck as it played its song down the block, letting everyone know that the special ice cream delivery was going on for all who could scrape together a little change to buy some.
It made me think back to my childhood. When the ice cream truck came, we didn’t always have money in our pockets for what we wanted. Sure, we could scrape up the money for an ice cream bar or a popsicle. But a Kookie Cup was a dollar fifty, and we didn’t always have that much money. A few times a year, though, we could actually get one! A Kookie Cup is an Italian ice on the bottom with a swirl cone on the top! It’s the best! Have you ever had one? What’s your favorite thing to get from the ice cream truck?
When the music of the ice cream truck plays, it makes me think back to childhood times on my block and the some of the special things that happened there.
But then I realized that in today’s culture of skinny bitches and health police you might get blamed, shamed, and guilted for even wanting something from the ice cream truck. I can hear the 2012 responses to the ice cream truck now:
“Joe, not everyone is able to eat ice cream. You are working on losing weight, so you can’t have any.”
“Ice cream is unhealthy. You can have a frozen yogurt after dinner instead.”
“You know that’s bad for you. You shouldn’t even ask.”
“You know that’s not an appropriate snack.”
Really in the late 1960’s and 1970’s these responses were not heard. We may have heard that our mom didn’t have the money on her for us for the ice cream truck, but we were not hearing that we should be ashamed for wanting it, or that it was unhealthy for us, or that it was bad to eat ice cream. It was just a given that, sure, you could have some ice cream sometimes when you were in the mood for it, when you could afford it.
In many ways it was a cultural experience. For example, all of the kids on the block would get ice cream some days. If a couple of kids couldn’t afford it, like if their mom wouldn’t give them the money, or if they didn’t even have the money, some other parents would just buy it for them, so that no one felt left out. What a fun treat to all to be outside together on the block talking and eating ice cream together from the ice cream truck. Why, Mr. Softee and Good Humor are a big part of old fashioned times in America! (Sadly, my own childhood has become an old fashioned time! But then again, it’s kind of cool. The ice cream truck has really taken me down memory lane!)
Anyway, I hope that the ice cream truck also brings warm memories to you. Because in today’s world of low-fat, low-cal and low-carb, I’m worried that you weren’t even allowed to get any ice cream from it! And that’s a shame, because you might miss out on all of the fun of running after the truck so you wouldn’t miss it, looking at all of the cool choices where you can’t even decide which one you want the most, and socializing with your neighbors while you finally get to eat it.
Next time the ice cream truck comes by, I hope you will go out and get some, and I hope you will enjoy it. And if any of your nosy neighbors look out the window in judgment at you, I hope you very politely smile at them and say, “Have a nice day.” Even though they are passing judgment on you, they must be jealous deep down inside that they can’t even let up on themselves enough to be able to have a nice, innocent ice cream bar. And, by the way, when you pick your ice cream, make sure you don’t get the one that you think is the healthiest. Get the one you like best. Because life is short you know. And the ice cream truck doesn’t come every day!
See all of these kids running toward the ice cream truck? That’s because it’s fun. Now stop judging them and check your pockets for some change!
These days you can choose from all kinds of food trucks like cupcake and bacon trucks! Don’t miss out!