Anytime we suffer a loss it is difficult. Suffering two losses in the same week is catastrophic. It is true that we sometimes take for granted what is always there and don’t always appreciate what is a big part of our lives until it is gone.
This past week I lost two near and dear friends. There was Rita. Kathy and I spent many happy times at Rita’s. Just making the turn onto her street filled me with joy. When I saw her red and white striped sign with the green banner containing the words Rita’s Ice -custard-Happiness my mouth started to water.
What flavors of Italian Ice would Rita be offering today? I didn’t just want the ice. Oh no, I wanted t0 upgrade to a gelati – creamy frozen custard with any flavor of Italian ice they had that day…peach, blueberry, strawberry, mango. I like the fruit flavors.
Now, sadly, Rita has closed her doors for the season. Sunday was her last day and of course I was there to say good-bye. I miss her already. I know that Rita will be back on the first day of Spring offering free ices to all with a gelati upgrade for only one dollar. I will be there along with what seems like the rest of the county.
I did say that I suffered a second loss as well. This one was a lot closer to home. In fact, it was just up the street within walking distance from our house – The All Stars Ice Cream Shop. There soft serve cones made refreshing treats on hot summer evenings. Every Saturday on my way to the grocery store I would check to see what their flavor of the week was. There were four on their rotation. Orange might be followed by teaberry which could be followed by black raspberry and ending with peanut butter. Black raspberry was my favorite. I always got the twist because then there was vanilla and black raspberry swirled together. What a great combination.
All Stars closed for the season at the end of last week. They ended with black raspberry. What a way to go.
I know that they will also open again next spring and the flavor rotation will begin once again. I must be strong and survive until then. But how?
I guess I could go to Dairy Queen. I do like their chocolate covered cherry blizzards. I could check the weekly Redner’s ad to see which brand of ice cream is on sale. I could condition myself into believing that it is winter and too cold to eat ice cream. It is only six months until Spring. I can tough it out. I am strong. I think there is a container of Turkey Hill in the freezer that is calling out to me.