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Push-Ups, Icee Pops and Dip Tops
We were traveling through a city in eastern Ohio last weekend when I heard it -- the unmistakable sound of an ice cream truck's jingle drifting through the streets. Overcome with a tidal wave of nostalgia, I cajoled my husband into tracking it down. I grabbed some change and stepped up to the window on the side of the truck, just like I did when I was 8 years old. I enjoyed perusing the colorful display of frozen treats, and then I predictably chose my forever favorite -- an orange sherbet Push-Up.
As a kid, my summers seemed to be filled with plans to find ice cream, earn money for ice cream, make ice cream and, of course, eat ice cream. I recall an ice cream truck coming through town only once in a great while, so I had to find other creative ways to procure frozen treats. I worked at an ice cream parlor for three summers while in high school. My favorite ice cream treat at that time was a chocolate-coated "dip top" cone. I did not enjoy making them; many "tops" of cones sunk to the bottom of the vat of warm chocolate before I mastered the technique of dipping. But I sure enjoyed eating them as a bonus of working there!
At family picnics and neighborhood gatherings, we kids volunteered to turn the crank on the ice cream maker until all the ingredients had magically turned into luscious vanilla ice cream. It was a worthwhile trade-off. My grandma kept a supply of ice cream cups in her old freezer. A quick bike-ride to her house guaranteed the issuance of a refreshing cup along with its little wooden spoon. My mom kept a stash of Popsicles and Icee Pops to help us get through the very hottest days of July and August without any form of air conditioning. A concerted group effort from hot, sweaty (and whiny) kids was all it took for my mom to break out the frozen goodies and send us all back outside and out from underfoot.
Today, as an adult, I refrain from eating much ice cream. But offer me an orange sherbet Push-Up, and the kid in me will gladly accept it every time!'Til next time,
Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine
PS. What was your favorite ice cream treat as a child? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at Editor@GoodOldDaysMagazine.com and it could appear in a future newsletter or in Good Old Days magazine! Here is an email response from the June 17, 2015, newsletter question: Do you quilt? Have you made quilts for your children or grandchildren? Do you possess an heirloom quilt handed down to you from a parent or grandparent?
Carol G. shared: "When I was 7 or 8 years old (65 years ago) my grandmother visited. She was shocked that her daughter-in-law (my mother) allowed her grandchild (me) to play football with the boys in the neighborhood, and she called me inside immediately. My grandmother visited every day for three weeks and insisted that I sit on a hassock at her feet learning to tat, sew, knit, crochet, embroider, quilt, crewel and any other 'womanly arts' her devious mind could conceive. After she stopped, I told my mother that I would NEVER EVER do that 'stuff' again. I had to eat my words because when I married and the kids started coming, I took up the 'womanly arts' to stretch the budget, and I haven't stopped since. Quilting is my favorite."
Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.
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Tim Tam. This American thoroughbred racehorse was considered to have a strong chance to capture the Triple Crown but suffered a fracture while in the lead on the home stretch of the Belmont Stakes, still managing to take second place. This injury ended his racing career, but he went on to be a successful sire.
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