I don't know about you, but I believe in celebrating the little things. Especially when it involves ice cream!
So, TG and I set out to find ourselves ice cream sundaes for lunch. The first place we went to looked like it might be fun: an ice cream parlor, maybe a little past its prime. Still, that could be "quaint," right? The front window display was lined with die-cast model cars, every make imaginable. Very cool...until you looked closely and saw all the tiny dead bugs littering the spaces between the cars.
Uh, no thanks.
We pressed on. Wound up at "Friendly's," a restaurant that truly lived up to its name. Also, since the slogan on their gift cards is "Friendly's, where ice cream makes the meal" we figured we'd have a good shot at finding a sudae there.
Sure, their promise of a "Happy Ending" worried us a bit at first...
...but when we realized it referred to a two-scoop ice cream sundae with choice of toppings, and not our likely demise after ingesting a meal there, we relaxed and settled into the experience.
Our waitress was the sweetest little old lady ever. Bit of a close-talker (you've seen that episode of Seinfeld, haven't you?), but her breath was fresh, so it was okay. Told us all about her regulars, mostly older widows, who apparently come in as much for the company as the food. She even gave one of them her phone number because she looked lonely and might need somebody to talk to after hours. Like I said, sweet. Maybe the tiniest bit creepy, but mostly sweet.
The important thing is, our sundaes were perfect. I had a classic hot fudge with vanilla ice cream, and TG mixed it up with a scoop of vanilla & a scoop of chocolate beneath his hot fudge. We both, of course, had the whipped cream and cherry. Yum!
It's the little things, you know? Sure, that's a cliche, but cliches become cliches for a reason, right?
Have you celebrated anything small or silly lately? Hey, I know! Maybe we should make up a list, for the benefit of those who can't think of anything to celebrate. I'll start it, and you can add to it!
SMALL and/or SILLY THINGS TO CELEBRATE
~Living through Monday
~A good hair day
~A "good" rejection to a query or submission, one that contains enough encouragement that you don't give up
~The first crocuses of spring
~When the dog roaming the neighborhood poops in the annoying neighbor's yard instead of yours
~The boss is on vacation (which, as we all know, is almost as good as being on vacation yourself)
What else can we add? And don't forget to celebrate. I recommend ice cream, but anything chocolate will do in a pinch.