A Unique Moment at a Unique Gathering
Years ago I worked at a convenience store. We lost power over night and came into work in the morning to find the ice cream a bit soft. My manager told me to throw it out…all 35 boxes. It seemed such a waste… he permitted me to take it all, in lieu of throwing it out. So I raced it all , on my lunch break, over to my grandmother’s pool where all my cousins (all much younger than me) were lounging poolside on a 90 degree July day.Much to no ones surprise 35 boxes of barely melted icecream was spirit lifting….as if kids spending their summer eating Tastycakes around a grandmother’s pool with not a mother in sight needed spirits lifted!
I guess that joy has always been stashed away within me.
The other night at a unique gathering of women, my sheep milk ice cream was requested in attendance. I will tell you I fussed over which flavors to bring. I fiddled with flavors.If you follow me on Instagram you know I am constantly working on new flavors. I begged opinions and criticisms. I settled on four favorites. The Meadowmint because it pairs so well with blueberries and tart raspberries. I have the most decadent Chocolate Wine sheep milk ice cream , it is hands down a crowd favorite. I also brought a cream cheese cinnamon ice cream again because of how it compliments fruit which was to be in abundance. I also brought my vanilla bean sheep milk ice cream… it is just over the top simple perfection and I don’t think I can make it any better. I was surprised when the guests wanted me to explain the flavors and where the ingredients and ideas came from. This is my current passion and this was the first time I had exposed my little beauties outside of my home. My nervous heart flipped happily as everyone crooned over my little pints as much as I do.
The guest of honor turned to me, “What made you choose ice cream ”
I felt like a nervous nerd as blurted out words tumbled over each other in a mad dash before I could pull them back, “Well,… I am really good at making cheese and have been making cheese for over a decade… but when you bring cheese people like it… maybe even love it… but everyone is very pinned up about it… but when you dish out ice cream, ” I sighed out as I gestured about the room to all the smiling spoon licking sparkly eyed people, ” people ohh and smile and laugh.”
She smiled wide, “Ohh.. I get it …you like making people happy.” She smiled happily spooning up a melty of so rich chocolate wine which by now had swirled beautifully with the vanilla bean speckled glory taking care to herd a raspberry onto it.
I smiled with my mouth a bit dumbly open,”I don’t know what to do with that, ” I laughed nervously. “No one has ever said that about me… but… errr… I mean… you are right….I do,” I barely whispered it. Then some where in my heart a small glowing healing happened.