Thursday, June 24, 2010

I Scream, You Scream

Ice cream trucks: cheerful and ubiquitous. There are no less than four that scour our street for hot and suffering citizens. People willing to trade hard-earned cash for overpriced treats pulled from freezers that exhale white mist. One plays the Mickey Mouse Club theme song, one plays Entrance of the Gladiators (you know, the one you hear at the circus), another quacks and whinnies, rolling down the street to a soundtrack of galloping hooves.

One ice cream truck on my street comes out every day of the year. This past winter, I peered out through flurries of fat snowflakes to see the persistent truck driver pass our house at a crawl.

This is an unforgettable image: the unfailing ice cream truck, battling drifts and slush to deliver sweets in a blizzard.

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