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One thing that I missed when I lived in California, and there wasn’t much, was the change of seasons. Actually it was not so much the change of seasons but the rituals and traditions that happen when you live in a seasonally-focused location like Rhode Island where I grew up. From apple-picking in the Fall to decorating for Christmas, to my mom sticking fake flowers in the dirt before Easter brunch because it was still snowing (sorry Mom, you’ve been outed.) It actually did look real though, try it. One of my favorite Summer traditions and fondest memories of childhood was going out as a family for ice cream. Yes, I know this child is wearing a blazer, I don’t ask questions.
We would all sit on top of a picnic table enjoying our treats. Whatever flavor we wanted. My brother and step-dad ordered pistachio, the twins ordered bubblegum, my mom’s favorite was black raspberry, and I mixed it up but my favorite was peppermint stick. I would pull out all the mint candies and then eat them at the end. One scoop in a cone or bowl. With three kids we had to be frugal, none of those fancy toppings like peanuts or hot fudge, ha. We didn’t get to eat out or travel much but my memories of these nights eating ice cream as a family, surrounded by laughter and crickets, with the stars above make me feel like we had everything we needed. Didn’t we? (more…)