Treat yourself, and others, to ice cream
After the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, my fellow Eagles’ fans started circulating a really “cool” video of Eagles’ Coach Doug Pederson. In the video, Pederson is seen coaching, teaching, and addressing the team in various scenarios, each of which ends with him saying, “And then I’ll treat you to some ice cream!”
On one recent afternoon, two of my adult kids - Carly and Jackson - were sitting on the back porch laughing about the video. We reminisced about how, when they were growing up, I would occasionally and without warning serve ice cream for breakfast. Vanilla ice cream between two hot waffles is out of this world!
We also reminisced about Becky’s Ice Cream in Hillsgrove, Pennsylvania. It’s located on a farm, surrounded by corn crops, mountains, and state forest. It feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, and it is. Each year when we are in the area for vacation, we make the long drive multiple times to enjoy extremely large servings of teaberry, blackberry, chocolate, mint chocolate chip and an assortment of flavors at unbelievably low prices.
The Coach Pederson video also made me think back to my own childhood. After baseball games, our coaches would oftentimes treat us to ice cream at Meadowbrook Farms – a working dairy farm where you could enjoy your ice cream and pet the cows at the same time! Sometimes our parents would take us to another local dairy, K-Milk. Occasionally, the treat was simply an ice cream cone or sundae from McDonalds. But what a treat nonetheless!
Even to this day, and as recently as last week after the Wednesday Lenten worship at our church, our family meets up at Ye Old Fashioned on Hwy. 17 for an ice cream cone and conversation. Years ago on Daniel Island, our go to ice cream spots were Island Town Coffee & Ice Cream (they were the original tenant where Daniel Island Animal Hospital expanded into Island Town Café) and then Moo-na Lisa Gourmet Ice Cream & Coffee Shop (which was located in the Publix Shopping Center).
You see, no matter your age, no matter the level of your athletic competition, no matter the time of day, and no matter the location – it’s always a good time to treat yourself and others to some ice cream!
Here’s a link to the Pederson ice cream video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rodj2LchhtM
Suzanne Detar’s book – “Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports” – is available for purchase at Island Expressions, 126 Seven Farms Drive (next to Publix), at The Daniel Island News office, 225 Seven Farms Drive and online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google Play and iBooks. Learn more at www.SuzanneDetar.com.