Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
I was about to get myself some vegan pineapple whip at the Sweet Frog, when I overheard my son at the counter.
“Can I have 10 taster cups, please?”
My mom radar went up and I walked over, making sure everyone knew this was not a sanctioned request.
“Um…” I said, shaking my head.
But the young lady behind the counter had already handed him a stack.
“I’m just going to do the thing with all the flavors in a cup.” H told me.
And then decided to be supportive of his creativity instead of annoyed.
“Well, get a bigger cup then, to fit all those in.” I told him. “And, you’ll have to do it slowly and not get mad if it gets messed up…” I tried to warn him to make sure this didn’t turn into a perfectionist’s nightmare of overflowing froyo.
I shouldn’t have worried though, he wasn’t really listening to my warning, but I watched him carefully and meticulously get 8 taster size cups full of different flavors, trying to make a rainbow. There was no purple, but luckily there was a pink and blue you could mix together.
This was going a little slower than I thought it would… so as I gave him the spoon he needed to mix his purple, I said, “I can’t wait until you thank me when you are a grown-up.” He just rolled his eyes.
I watched him move to the toppings bar, and thoughtfully choose a matching topping for each cup. “Definitely a kiwi. Maybe a Hershey Kiss. Oh, this would look good. Maybe a complimentary color.”
He placed his on the scale, and I took a picture. Then he realized he should add a matching sauce to each. Again, there was no purple — so he had to use white fudge a lot more than he originally wanted.
“Now can I take a picture?” I asked. And I looked at the young lady ringing us up. “Do you, uh, get a lot of people doing this?”
She just shook her head, eyes wide. “No. I never…”
We walked out, my daughter and I with our regular old sorbet with toppings strewn about and my son with his perfectly arranged, color-coded, rainbow taste test creation.
“It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do.” He said.
And that, my friends, is how you make spring break dreams come true.