Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Scoop it!

Isn't it funny how the smallest things trigger memories?

Just now I went to get myself a bowl of ice cream and realized that my son had had a bowl last night and had used the scooper so it was in the dishwasher. I went to my utensil drawer to see what else I might use and voila! the memory was triggered....

When my kids were maybe 9, 5 and 3 their mom had an evening job so it was up to me to do dinner. And by 'do' I mean, put what my then-wife had prepared into the oven. When dinner had been eaten and we'd had a time of playing and schoolwork (at least for my daughter) one of the kids would invariably say "Dad, let's do ice cream!" Never did they say "Let's HAVE ice cream." No. Ice cream took some 'do'ing.

I would get out the bowls, choose the ice cream and turn to the utensil drawer and say "Hmmmm...now where can that ole ice cream scooper be?" I would then proceed to 'scoop' the ice cream with every conceivable thing I could find, except of course, the ice cream scoop. There was the tea ball thingy. The garlic press. The tongs. A corkscrew. A wire whisk. A spatula. The mixer attachment doohicky....all done to the tune of hilarious children laughs. Oh it was fun!

Thank God for memories that make me laugh!

4 comments:

Ame said...

:)

That IS fun! Great job, Dad!

You'll have to "do" ice cream again next time they're all three at your house - it would be a fun memory ... unless, of course, they deep that as trying to be "hip" . . . then it might loose some of its effect ;)

Ame said...

Ya know - I could edit my own comments on my post (and I needed to) ... but I can't edit this one . . .

"deep" should be "deem"!!!

Jen said...

you are such a great Dad! I can just see the four of you laughing over such a hilarious sight as scooping out ice cream with a wire whisk! LOL. :)

McSwain said...

Sounds like a great time! You sound like the best kind of dad.