The Call of Ice Cream

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I have seen the power of ice cream. This delicious frozen treat has a powerful sway. In fact ice cream can help every parent-child relationship. Read on and tell me if you disagree.

 
Let me digress. Over here, my family and I are upon one of the in-between weeks. That’s what I call them at least (http://larrydbernstein.com/in-between-week/). The boys are done with camp. Vacation is next week. Therefore, they are free, and I am the cruise director, Julie McCoy. Well, the male version, and you can call me Larry.
Anyway, during the in-between week, I have tried to do at least one fun thing with the boys a day.  Otherwise, the boys would spend the whole day in front of the television or computer. By the end of such days, they are feisty and punchy. Unlike A Teachable Mom., I feel guilty.
Yesterday’s activity was a hike. Somehow we were blessed with a perfect day yesterday. Actually the weather has been pretty reasonable for a while now since the Hot Hot Post. But yesterday was special. Low 70’s, no humidity, and sun. It was one of those days where you want to take deep breaths and feel the air rattle around in your lungs.
When such days occur, my family and I like to go hiking (Family Hiking Post). It was a short hike but a pleasant one. At the starting/ending point, there is a playground and football field. So, after the hike my boys were hanging out and playing.
There were a couple of other families on the playground.  In addition to SJ, a child was being pushed on the swings, one was going up and down the sliding board, while a third was circling the playground display.  In addition, I saw a few children sitting at picnic tables. All and all, it was as quiet as an occupied playground can be on a beautiful day.
Then, everything changed.
A familiar tune pierced the still air: Ice Cream Man!
The quiet and nearly empty playground was suddenly teeming with children running headlong for the parking lot.
Where did these starving children come from, you may be wondering?
Let me tell you:
Kids burrowed out from under the wood chips
Swung from vines out of trees
Came out of wombs prematurely
Really.   
All of a sudden I saw 40 ravenous kids waiting for ice cream where a moment before I saw 8 kids.
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A TYPICAL SCENE IN THE MMK HOUSEHOLD
I am downstairs. SJ is upstairs watching television. BR is downstairs playing on the computer.
“Boys. It’s time to take your bath.”
Silence.
One minute later – volume turned higher.
“Boys. Bath. Now!”
Two minutes pass and nothing. Ultimately, I end up having to get in the face of both children who look at me as if I am completely out of control. “Why are you yelling?”
Is it me? I’m certain it’s not. Every parent has this same sort of exchange with their children. Right?
Now, people we have a solution. Crank up the ice cream truck music and watch your kids run.
Imagine not having to raise your voice and ask multiple times for something to be done. Imagine having the power of ice cream.
How great would that be?

20 thoughts on “The Call of Ice Cream

  1. hahahaha – that’s funny! And a really good idea! I’ve been known to tweet something akin to the ice cream man song to get T’s interest – he comes out of his room so fast!

    • Yes, it does work and even with big kids. Funny visual seeing him run out. Thanks for that.
      To be honest, my head turns quickly when I hear the ice cream truck.

    • Thanks – I liked that line too.
      Anyway, wouldn’t it have been cool if I could have made the music play as you read the post. If only I were a techie (sounds like a blog post title).
      Based on what I have read of your work, it must be shocking to you that you are representing guiltless. Cool.

  2. ha!ha! the power of ice cream! 🙂 If I would crank up that music in my house, you would see hubby running towards it 😉 hmmm… you gave me something to think about Larry! 🙂 loved what you wrote when all the kids ran to the ice cream man! 🙂

  3. Ice cream would definitely be a good reason for “coming out of the womb prematurely”. You’re a riot.Glad you had a good day for the hike with the boys.

    • I bet you could find a copy of the music on youtube or google. Everything is in one of those two places.
      In terms of a lullaby, I think it would have the opposite affect. The children would run around like a top spinning wildly.

  4. That’s brilliant! Kind of akin to the Pavlov’s dog trick! However I don’t know what the repercussions would be when there was only a bath waiting for the kids instead of ice cream!

    There is actually no ice cream trucks by us. Except one time about 6 years ago when my daughter was 2 years old an ice cream truck came through by my parent’s house when we were visiting. It was strange because my parents live way out in the country. When my dad heard that music he went running and flagged the truck down and bought my daughter a $4.00 popsicle. He never would have done that when I was kid!

    • Pavlov’s dog – exactly. I never thought of what the reaction would be if there is no ice cream. It could get ugly.
      As your story suggests, it even works with adults. Go grandapa.

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