The ice cream man was a constant during my childhood summers. He had a bell, not a continual loop of Turkey in the Coop or Do Your Ears Hang Low. He wore a white jacket, hopped out of the truck and knew exactly which little freezer door the strawberry shortcake, rocket ice pop and chocolate pops were. We paid in coins and bills. The ice cream man had a change gadget on his belt, so he could easily dispense pennies, nickels, and dimes. I don’t remember napkins, only the wooden spoon for the dixie cup. We kids stood on the very edge of the curb, holding out our hands for him to stop. I usually had a little kid’s hand to hold to keep from racing into the middle of the street, so I had to rely on my sister or cousin to shout and wave the ice cream truck down. It was a lot of responsibility, keeper of the money and safety patrol. My favorite was the ice cream pop with a small chocolate bar in the middle. Once we waved goodbye, we walked to the backyard, where a mom waited for her change and ice pop order. We sat on the cool grass, eat most of the treat, and wore the rest on shirts, bare chests, and hands.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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