Friday, July 3, 2009

National Ice Cream Month!

Woo-hoo - July is National Ice Cream Month!  Who knew?  Since I'm not sure what one does for National Ice Cream Month, I went to the website of the International Dairy Foods Association.  Surely, they would have some insight on the rich history and annual celebration of one of life's least addictive pleasures.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90% of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities."


Okay, we need to do some thinking here.  
  1. I propose instead of National Ice Cream Month, we call it NICM and pronounce it to rhyme with "lick'em."
  2.  One should use July as a time of exploration and reflection.  Find new flavor!  Step out of your comfort zone with toppings!  Make your own cones!  If you think jalapeno ripple fudge is the love stuff of the future well then, by golly, go for it! 
  3. Give the gift of ice cream all month long.  Yesterday, I gave the woman who owns the laundry mat down the street from my house two scoops of honey vanilla in paper cup with a slice of cake.  It made her smile and, of course, her smile made me smile.  Sure it was a little awkward because I didn't have any plastic spoon but the point is, why have a "sense" of community when you can actually be a community?  She had a spoon inside so hesitate not.  Give someone a scoop of happiness today!

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