Sunday, July 23, 2006

August Column

Mothballs In My Attic
By Cindy O’Neill
The dog days of summer are in full swing. It’s hot but there are ways to cool off. The fire hydrant gets released and children are in the street giggling and dancing around. The ice cream man is ringing his bell and we run towards the truck while begging Mom for some coins for a cool treat. The ice cream man in his white uniform hops off his driver’s seat and opens the steel latches on the side of the truck. The doors open and close with such authority and the ice cream man reaches in through the cold vapors cascading down around him and retrieves the brown cow or strawberry shortcake, chocolate eclair or Italian ice. He makes change with his "steel belt" and within minutes we knew that the day was complete and we were happy.
Remember your ice cream man and the sound of his bells, the coins sweaty in your palm, your feet dancing on the hot tar pavement just waiting for the truck to turn down your street.
Let the mothballs refresh your memory, enter your attic and open your trunk.
See what comes forward with a step back to a day in August...
Reflecting back in August, remembering *Have an ice cream party*
Heat waves, keeping cool and ice cream.
Fill in the blanks with just one word and see how the memories flood back. Take your time, this is not to be rushed but rather enjoyed. Remember all the feelings and visual sensations and experience the places your mind travels.
We slept outside in our makeshift tent by using ___________________.
I would buy ____________________from the ice cream truck.
In the hottest month of the year, we would keep cool by ______________.
Sharing a MIMA Moment
Sharing a big pitcher of ice cold Kool-Aid refreshes all...
What other ways you can feel refreshed?
Column based on Mothballs In My Attic, a new fun nostalgia book that contains over 220 questions within 12 chapters, poems and illustrations.
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