One of the very best parts of summer are the required visits to the ice cream parlor.  My first memory of ice cream is of the homemade - hand cranked variety.  Is ANYTHING better?  Then there was the local Dairy Cream with that wonderful soft serve ice cream.  Even in the small town I grew up in, we had a Dairy Cream.  Variety was limited in those days, but I distinctly remember loving Neopolitan flavor which was always in the freezer.  This was the one snack usually on hand growing up.  Momma loved it as much as the children did. 

This was so long ago I cannot find a picture of it, but the above is close--only smaller and no big sign.

My next distinct memory of the days when my offspring were children is our regular pilgrimage to the local Baskin Robbins.  The earliest memory I have they had perhaps 21 flavors.  It was a wonderful summer treat and we met many friends with the same thought on those balmy summer nights.  I could fill up sampling flavors with those tiny wooden spoon samples.  My favorite--pralines and cream--YUM!

Fast forward to the present and this summer treat has not changed.  What has changed is the number of flavors.  Infinite comes to mind.  Sadly, I seldom eat ice cream today.  The combination of trying to keep my cholesterol number down and problems sleeping after eating ice cream (slow to digest-perhaps a slight glucose intolerance).  I still love ice cream, and take my grands for a treat whenever they ask, but I resist temptation.

Interesting how many flavors there are now and I assume someone likes each of them.  The world of ice cream has something for everyone.  It reminds me of the variety of humans we have on this terrestrial ball.  That is what makes the world an interesting place.  It would be pretty dull if we only had one flavor of human.  God knew from the very beginning the need for variety.  His wisdom is a wonder--beyond our comprehension.

"For as in one body we have many members,

 and the members do not all have the same function,

 so we, though many, are one body in Christ,

 and individually members one of another. "

Romans 12:4-5


  1. Oh, that old Dairy Queen sign brings back memories! One good thing about summer winding down is that the ice cream shops will start closing one by one. Sigh. No more chocolate with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

    What's a girl to do ...

  2. I still love ice cream, although I do have to guard how much I consume; can we say, unwanted weight gain? Love how you've compared the vast varieties of ice cream with the infinite varieties of gifts given every human being. God certainly made us unique.
    Blessings, Lulu!

  3. Even in winter I've always been game for ice cream. But now it's just an occasional treat due to health concerns, just like you, Loralu. Each bite must be savored! (I know variety is the spice of life, but I can never find a flavor that sounds better than coffee almond fudge!)


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