I can’t omit Carvel ice cream from my growing-up-in-New-York A to Z blog challenge theme. And when I was a kid, Lollapaloozas were a favorite. I liked the kind with vanilla ice cream and colored sprinkles.
When we moved from New York, there were a few things from home that we missed. Top 3 in the food category:
- Carvel Ice Cream
(Now, Louisiana isn’t without its delicious foods. Who doesn’t love Cajun cooking?)
Getting back to Lollapaloozas, I remember loading up in the car and heading down to Carvel, standing in line at the counter. It was a special treat in a time when families didn’t do that sort of thing like they do now. We didn’t eat out very often. Meals were spent around the table as a family, usually.
I think today we spend more time “out” than we do “in.” We spend more time “apart” than we do “together.” Everyone going in their own directions, staying “connected” through a small device that consumes our focus. It’s like our whole lives are tied up in those smart little phones.
Am I sounding like old folks here? Hearkening back?
I’m not pointing fingers. My nose is in my iPhone too. I design websites, work in media, so a chunk of my life is tied to that phone. But I have a secret wish that I could drop it out of the car window doing ninety on the highway, headed to Wyoming and a cabin in the woods where a sleek new MacBook without an internet connection awaits. Where blank pages await words. Shelves await books. And a table of family and friends await a shared meal, not a phone to be found. (This is my imagination. Don’t get bogged down in the logistics…)
Look at me, getting off topic.
But I think the topic wasn’t really ice cream. It was going to the ice cream shop with my family, enjoying a treat together.
Dictionary.com defines lollapalooza as “an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.”
Those trips to Carvel with my family fit the bill. Exceptional examples of the good times we shared together.