You have to be happy when you eat an ice cream cone.
If you were sad, angry, or just feeling lethargic, you wouldn’t want to eat an ice cream cone. It simply wouldn’t appeal to you, would it?
Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little wistful, an ice cream cone can cheer you right up. I often have a cone on the anniversary of my mother’s death.
Now I don’t often reveal my wild and crazy side to strangers… but I am ready to admit that I have a real chocolate cone once a year. Just to have it! Ha!
Ice cream cones define summer. I love summer and firmly believe we must hang onto the warm sunny days by our fingernails, until the cold blast of fall air brings us to our senses.
Happy chocolate chip! Happy rocky road! Happy strawberry swirl! In fact, happy plain old and still good, vanilla!
Oh, and by the way, there is absolutely no shame in biting off the cone’s bottom and sucking the ice cream out that way. That’s right Noticers – the truth is out now on this one!
CONVERSATION-STARTER WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS
Ask the kids: Do ice cream cones make you feel happy? What other foods make you happy? Hot dogs? Cupcakes? What would you like to eat when you are cold? Soup? Oatmeal? How about when you are sad? Maybe a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a smiley banana face on top? Are there foods that are better in summer than winter? Did you know that people who live in cold climates often eat ice cream in winter!
You can have many conversations about foods and the feelings they evoke. Although you should talk about not substituting eating for dealing with problems, I personally believe that a nice cup of tea can do wonders for the mood. And there is nothing wrong with celebrating a good grade by going out for ice cream!