sundae night


The afternoon sun beat steadily over the western sky, our senses were dull, our bodies listless– I cried out loud, “Drumsticks!” With one accord we ran to the freezer for the long anticipated treat.

Mock them if you will, but I consider the chocolate dipped, nut studded, ice-milk concoction one of summer’s greatest pleasures– right down the chocolate filled bite at the end of the cone.

Within seconds we each had our hand on 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, !!– where’s the eighth? Eyes downcast, Hans confessed to giving one to a friend the day before. Usually I buy plenty and to spare (because I despise the scarcity mentality) but Drumsticks arrive in boxes of eight.

In the next blink, Hans was unwrapping a cone and settling into the porch swing. What? How?

And Stefan’s hands were empty.

“Are you kidding me?” Ben murmured, “I hate it when he’s all noble like that.”

“Me too.” I replied. Because it should have been me– shouldn’t it? Isn’t the mother the eternally self-sacrificing character in these stories?

But I was also glad. And I enjoyed my ice cream down to the very last chocolate filled bite.

I’m considering ordering this fabulous tee from Amazon. Like it?
July 10, 2010
July 13, 2010



  1. Mitchell Family

    July 12, 2010

    I’d buy one of those t-shirts. Lizzy however, would be annoyed at another perfect Stefan story. Whenever I or Grandpa says something good about Stefan, Lizzy reminds us that Stefan did once break a contact in my eye and hang John upside down over a river. We remind her that the first happened when Stefan was two and John fully deserved it.

  2. Selwyn

    July 13, 2010

    He is most definitely a “top bloke” as we say over here!

    Yay for Stefan and Yay for icecream!

  3. Sue

    July 13, 2010

    Stefan is a saint for sure. Nobody’d be getting my drumstick! (Well, maybe one of my grandkids…)


  4. Tracy

    July 13, 2010

    Oh my – it is usually the mom who gives hers, so good for you to enjoy that because GIRLFRIEND – I know there are several reasons why I love you, but finding out about your love for The Drumstick, just puts me over the top as I am a HUGE lover of The Drumstick. HUGE. THE best ice cream invention E.V.E.R.

  5. Christie

    July 13, 2010

    You have the best kids. Please take my boys, raise them as you have done yours, and return them to me when they are grown. Please???!!

  6. Tifani

    July 14, 2010

    I can get fancy with food, but a Drumstick is gooooood. It’s too good for just two o’s.

    Stefan is wonderful! I love reading about the joys in each of your kids.

  7. martha corinna

    July 15, 2010

    Drumsticks are one of my guilty pleasures as well. Want to come over and eat one?

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