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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Ice Cream Idiot

Dad’s been telling stories again . . .

This . . .

Plus this . . .

Plus this . . .

Plus this . . .

And finally, this.

He had just left his newborn daughter and her mother sleeping happily at the hospital.
The newly-minted father stepped out into the sunshine and grinned.
He needed to celebrate.
He stood there for a moment.
Then it hit him. What better way to celebrate then with a dish of ice cream at the Spudnut Shop?
Soon he was standing in the familiar café, studying the menu on the wall.
Hmm . . . he’d always wanted to try the Idiot Sundae.
He took a deep breath and grinned.
Perfect!
He stepped to the counter and placed his order.
“Just take a seat, sir,” the soda jerk said. “We’ll bring it right out.”
He did.
And they did.
Now I should probably mention, here, that the Idiot Sundae was a concoction of twenty large scoops of various flavours of ice cream. With all of the fixings.
All. Of. The. Fixings.
And one spoon.
The . . . platter . . . was brought out.
And slid carefully onto the table in front of him.
Heaven.
Another grin as he picked up the spoon.
And started working his way through the melting mound of deliciousness.
He did well.
One scoop after another disappeared.
Finally, there were only three scoops left.
He stared at them.
Three scoops.
He groaned.
He.
Just.
Couldn’t.
Do.
It.
He dropped the spoon in defeat.
So close.
So very close.
And today, almost 65 years later, he remembers those three scoops left melting in the dish.
And wonders.
Was he an idiot for leaving them?
Or just an idiot for ordering in the first place.
You decide . . .



20 comments:

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    1. A boatload! One would have to feel pretty much on top of the world to try it! :)

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  2. Sounds like something out of a sitcom.

    "I'm a new father! I need to go do something stupid!"

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  3. Yummy! What a great way to celebrate the birth of your child. Beats drinking.

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    1. I suspect he very nearly WAS drunk. On ice cream! :)

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  4. An idiot sundae served by a jerk...beautiful. Your Dad did well to leave the three spoonfulls behind. If he had eaten them he might have lost the whole thing.

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    1. True. Better to keep what you have . . .

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  5. He gave it his best shot. No one can fault him the ice cream celebration!!!

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    1. He's definitely the champion in my book! I'll tell him . . .

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  6. Better than a cigar any day ... 17 scoops plus toppings - I'd say he was smart to leave the other three :) What a great way to celebrate and look at the wonderful story it gave him to tell! (gave you to tell, too)

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  7. What a wonderful story! A great accomplishment to be able to eat all but 3 scoops and have the wisdom to know it was enough. Thanks for sharing

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    1. There have been so many times when I wished I had the wisdom to know when to quit! :)

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  8. Oh this was a cute one. I am so smiling on this one~
    Blessings!

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    1. Thank you, LeAnn! That means so much to me!

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  9. 20 scoops!! perhaps if he had let the last three melt completely he could have just drank them down.
    That's a heck of a celebration, 20 scoops and all the toppings.

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    1. Truly memorable! Hmm . . . I like that idea - drink the rest. Yumminess!

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  10. My Dad always said there is always room to eat ice cream because it melts and runs into the "cracks". Sounds like your Dad had only 17 cracks to fill. I'm going to have to challenge this record, you realize . . . . .

    Anonymous Ice-Cream Addicted Husby-Figure

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    1. The real question is: Are there any cracks if the entire mass is ice cream?
      We'll watch for your answer to the challenge! :)

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