You may have seen this before but it bears repeating. To celebrate the 2015 half year, we bring you the story of how ice cream sings.
One day I had lunch with some old friends. John, a short, balding, golfer-type, 85-years-old, came along with them; all in all, it was a pleasant lunch.
When the menus were presented, my friends and I ordered salads, sandwiches and soups, except for John, who said, “A large piece of homemade apple pie, heated please, (I wasn’t sure my ears heard him right, and the others were aghast when John continued completely unabashed) along with two large scoops of vanilla ice cream.” We tried to act nonchalant, as if people did this all the time, but when our orders were brought out, I didn’t enjoy eating mine.
I couldn’t take my eyes off of John as I watched him savoring each bite of his pie a-la-mode. The other guys just grinned in disbelief as they silently ate their lunches.
The next time I went out to eat, I called John and invited him to join me. I lunched on a tuna fish sandwich, while he ordered a chocolate parfait. Since I was chuckling, he wanted to know if he amused me.
I answered, “Yes, you certainly do, but you also confuse me. How come you always order such rich desserts, while I feel like I must be sensible in my food choices?”
He laughed and said, “I’m tasting all that is possible for me to taste. I try to eat the food I need and do the things I should in order to stay healthy, but life’s too short, my friend. I hate missing out on something good. This year I realized how old I was (he grinned). I’ve never been this old before so, while I’m still here, I’ve decided it’s time to try all those things that, for years, I’ve been ignoring.
“I haven’t smelled all the flowers yet,” he said. “There are too many trout streams I haven’t fished. There’s more fudge sundaes to woof down and kites to be flown overhead.
“There are too many golf courses I haven’t played. I’ve not laughed at all the jokes. I’ve missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.
“I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.
“I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want untimed, long distance calls to the one I love the most.
“I haven’t cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.
“So, if I choose to have dessert instead of having dinner, then should I die before nightfall, I’d say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart’s desire. I had the final piece of pie before my life expired.”
With that, I called the waitress over. “I’ve changed my mind,” I said. “I want what he’s having, only add some more whipped cream.”
This is my gift to you on this Happy Half-Year and on annual Friends Day! If you get this twice, then you have more than one friend. Live well, love much, and laugh often. Be happy and enjoy doing whatever your heart desires. You only go around once on this crazy planet.
Be mindful that happiness isn’t based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like, respect, and enjoy spending time with. Remember that while money talks, ICE CREAM SINGS.