Thursday, March 19, 2009

The First Signs of Spring.....




It has been so warm here in Denver that the Ice Cream Dude has decided that it's time to break out the "cool ride" and cruise the neighborhood. 

My older kids have super sonic hearing and perk right up when they hear the sound of mobile sugar.

Yesterday, I was out walking with K, who is three, when we heard the tinkling sounds of spring.  I instantly tensed up and swore under my breath.

I have nothing against Ice Cream Dude.  I'm sure he is a very nice guy, but the mesmerizing tinkling musical truck gimmick he uses to peddle his over-priced garbage seriously ticks me off. 

When K heard it she turned to me with big eyes and said, "Mama!  That song is boodiful" and then skipped down the sidewalk twirling to the tune of "Sugar on Wheels".

The truck slowed as it approached us, clearly targeting us, stalking us.

K was loving the attention, spinning along enjoying the music.  She pointed to the truck, looked up at me with those big innocent blue eyes and said, " Mama, why that nice man playin' moosic?  He makin me happy."

I told her, "That's the music man, he makes people happy, isn't that nice?"

"So nice, Mama."

Ignorance is bliss..... 


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23 Responses to "The First Signs of Spring....."
  1. Aliceson said...
    March 19, 2009 at 4:25 AM

    The stock in those ice cream trucks never seems to be that fresh. ...Then there's the infalted prices and temper tantrums that come if we don't give in and buy a sticky popsicle with freezer burn on it.

    Thankfully there are no ice cream trucks that travel out in the country where I live.

    Happy spring to you!

  2. MommaYoung said...
    March 19, 2009 at 5:47 AM

    Oh that ice cream truck, grrr. It wakes my daughter up from a dead sleep.

    Happy Thursday...

  3. Rachel said...
    March 19, 2009 at 5:59 AM

    Enjoy it while you can. It won't be long until she's begging and crying at that first tinkle ...

    I loathe the ice cream truck and everything it stands for. He doesn't come through our neighborhood much.

  4. Such Lovely Freckles said...
    March 19, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    My kids seem to be an exception to the rule. They couldn't care less about the ice cream dude. Me? I'm annoyed, because I can hear him for hours, when he's cruising around the neighborhood.

    We actually bought ice cream from him once... it was a huge disappointment. Healed my kids instantly from ever wanting anything from him again. ;)

  5. Alice Audrey said...
    March 19, 2009 at 8:07 AM

    Wow. I'd have counted the icecream truck as a sign of Summer. Wish it was warm here.

  6. Shady Lady said...
    March 19, 2009 at 8:42 AM

    Ah...the ice cream dude. Ya know, I remember the ice cream being much better, fresher, bigger and of course cheaper when I was a kid. Thankfully, Princess has no interest in the ice cream dude...yet.

  7. NYCity Mama said...
    March 19, 2009 at 9:01 AM

    Grrr...well, here in the "ghetto" the freaking ice cream truck is still playing it's incessant jingle well past 10PM. Why? Torture, that's all. Torture.

  8. parentingBYdummies said...
    March 19, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Here's my beef with the ice cream truck. They chase the dirty beast all over the neighborhood, pay a ridiculously high fee for a treat you can get from Costco for about 50 cents, and then they leave it in the yard not even half eaten to melt out to the gutter. Not to mention the fact that it stains there clothes, their lips, and their hands. But, what would summer be without that thing, right?

  9. Kathy B! said...
    March 19, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    My first visit to your blog! Love it :)

    It's a dangerous, dangerous sing when the ice cream truck is out this early in the season. COnsider yourself warned :)

  10. Jenni Jiggety said...
    March 19, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Sadly my kids are onto the REAL reason for that music...

  11. septembermom said...
    March 19, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    My kids have supersonic hearing when it comes to pinpointing the location of the ice cream truck melody!! He always comes right before dinner so I have to be the "bad mama" and say no to my begging kids all the time. In the summer, he doesn't show up much at all. Even though it's super expensive, I would give in and buy a summer treat. But the guy is a no show in my neighborhood during those hot months. His loss :)

  12. Chad Moore said...
    March 20, 2009 at 6:39 AM

    Having once been the "Ice Cream Dude", I really wish that I could speak up for my former profession... but, I can't. This was in Nashville and was in 1990, but the outfit there (at that time) was pretty shady. Most of the workers had a rap sheet (of the non-musical variety), the trucks were all about to fall apart (only a few of them passed the Davidson County's emission's testing), and - specifically - my truck's music selector only had one channel that worked properly! (sorry, that's just a personal gripe of mine. Some trucks had 12 music channels... and mine had only 3. Of the 3, only one worked).

    In the Sugar Peddler's defense, that bell that they ring (if they have one) doesn't sound like a bell on the inside of the ice cream truck. It sounds like someone smacking two large cast iron skillets together, which is not an altogether pretty sound. Eventually, that noise will make anyone go crazy. So, it's possible that none of those people had raps sheets prior to being the Ice Cream Man, but were eventually forced into a life of crime because of it.

  13. Brittany Ann said...
    March 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Ha! That cracks me up. I've never like the ice cream man. But I'm so happy Spring had finally made and appearance.

  14. Shannon said...
    March 20, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    So you have one of those lovely Ice Cream trucks coming through your neighborhood too?

    My son doesn't understand who that man is yet...and I really don't want to purchase anything from him......

    I get freaked out by "not knowing".

  15. Emilie said...
    March 20, 2009 at 8:48 PM

    Wow. For the first time I'm glad I live in Minnesota and don't have any ice cream trucks. (They'd only be in business for a couple of months!) Thanks for the hilarious post!

  16. Mrs. D Lightful said...
    March 23, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Hahaha I LOVED this post! How fun! Thank you so much for linking up. Good luck on the contest!

  17. Melanie said...
    March 25, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    gotta love the ice cream man! maybe I'll come to Denver and see my sister. It's getting to hot here in AZ already

  18. Ladybird said...
    March 25, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    I saw our ice cream dude yesterday and I was sooooo excited....and I am 32! LOL! Happy WW!

  19. Minxy Mimi said...
    March 29, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Ahhh, yummy memories!

  20. Louise said...
    April 1, 2009 at 7:31 AM

    Fortunately no one has taught my daughter about Mr. Ice Cream truck and I have no intention of doing it now.

  21. Momma said...
    April 1, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    I used to love the ice cream truck as a kid. We used to be able to buy candy cigarettes. We thought that was sooo funny!

  22. Kim said...
    April 1, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    As long as I live in podunkville, we'll never get to enjoy an ice cream truck. :(

    My Wordless Wednesday

  23. Amber said...
    April 1, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    This is SO not fair! :)

    We got 4 inches of snow yesterday and you have the ice cream man at the end of your walk? Geesh!

    At least it's Spring somewhere!

 

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