A lesson taught with humor is a lesson retained. ~Ruth K. Westheimer
Kyle, what else can I say? He is too much, and sometimes the perfect reminder of stories past. Yesterday, while taking him to his piano lessons, we stopped at PetCo first to pick up The World’s Best Cat Litter. On a side note, it truly is the world’s best cat litter! My sister introduced me to it a few years ago, and I must say, well worth the money.
Anyway, for some reason Kyle brought up ice-cream and he reminded me of the ice-cream cone story. In fact, Kyle relives that story a lot! Every time we get ice-cream, pass an ice-cream joint or like yesterday, out of no where mention the ice-cream cone incidence.
What is this great memorable story you may ask? I know I’ve mentioned it a time or two, but I guess it’s worth highlighting again today. After all it is Friday!
Kyle is now twelve, so I’m going back quite a few years when he was probably around four or five, maybe even three. Yesterday Kyle told me he was four when it happened, so I’ll go with that. The kid claims he has a horrible memory. O no! I beg to differ. Kyle remembers EVERYTHING! He really does, especially situations in which he got himself in serious trouble and those that really made him laugh. He remembers ALL!
Back to the story at hand. It all started one hot summer day. Kyle and I decided to stop at the local Dairy Queen to pick up ice-cream for the family. It was a scorcher, so we were trying to move quickly to get the frozen treats back before they became a mass of melted sweet milk substance. At that time, Kyle only ever ordered his usual, ice-cream cone with rainbow sprinkles. I’m not sure if this was the point in life when he ventured out and would eat the twist, or if it was strictly vanilla, but regardless it was an ice-cream cone.
I need to deviate slightly again to really set the story. I’m not really meticulous about much, but there are certain things that get to me. Once happens to be the inside of my car. I like it clean and tidy, not that it always remains that way. It may never always be sparkling perfect, but there is never extra junk, trash or messes in my car. Now the outside usually looks like I went off-roading, but not the inside. Having Kyle as much as I have over the years, he knows this about me. He sometimes tries to push my buttons, even to this day, by stuffing tissues, garbage or what have you, in the side of the door, or behind the seat. I hate that, even though it is sometimes funny. Just, last week I found his dirty socks stuffed in the door pocket. That kid! Now back to the ice-cream.
Naturally, the place was hopping. After we stood what seemed like forever in the heat, we got the goods and scooted out. As I always did and still do to this day, I said, “Don’t get any ice-cream on the seats.” While Kyle licked his mountain of melting frozen goodness, he nodded and proceed to load himself in the backseat, with a little assistance from me, still being in his booster seat at that time. He graduated to the window seat, as opposed to the center backseat position. So maybe Kyle was right he was around four years old.
We loaded up the car and we were off. Another thing about me, is I like to drive with the windows down. Yes, no matter how hot or cold it is, I love the fresh air circulating. So maintaining former habits, I dropped all four windows before pulling out and heading up the highway. Looking back on it now, I guess air conditioning would have eliminated the entire story, but then again we wouldn’t have the story to laugh about for years to come.
As I was rushing up the highway, I heard Kyle say, “Umm O no… Aiya?” Without turning around, remaining focused on my mission of getting our ice-cream back while it was still considered ice-cream, I halfheartedly replied, “What buddy?” With a very nervous and unsure retort Kyle said, “Umm… Aiya, look!” Kind of rolling my eyes as if what could possibly be the matter and what could’ve happened in the few minutes I had my eyes off of Kyle, I turned my head just give him a satisfactory glance, and then I saw what he was warning me of.
Kyle had ice-cream all over his face, which I knew I would happen, but the rest was a surprise to me. There sat Kyle, looking like a deer in headlights, holding onto his ice-cream cone while rivers of melted goodness along with colored sprinkles ran down towards his hands, as he was trying to vacuum them up. To his right, ice-cream was splattered ALL over the seat belt, the seat, the window, EVERYWHERE. It was even along the outside of the car just like I was shot with a paintball gun in rainbow sprinkles! Apparently, accelerating with the windows down, while holding a very runny ice-cream cone, in the summer heat, causes the ice-cream to take flight and land perfectly all over the car.
I could tell by the look on Kyle’s face, he thought he was in trouble, even though there was nothing he could have done about it. One look and I busted out laughing. First of all ,he was just too cute sitting there in that mess and secondly it was my fault for not using the air-conditioner. After realizing that I found complete and uncontrollable humor in the sticky situation, Kyle began to bust out in laughter too. It really was funny! Initially, all I could say was, “What on earth?”
Since we were only a few miles to our final destination and I didn’t have the cleaning supplies to tackle this mess, I told Kyle to hold tight and I’ll deal with it later. We both laughed and giggled the entire way back.
Once we arrived at the house, Kyle couldn’t wait to tell his Gigi and pappy about our little sweet adventure. That is, after he striped off his ice-cream covered cloths. Kyle’s thing, he doesn’t like to be sticky or have his cloths wet. He finished the remainder of his ice-cream cone in the comforts of the living-room in his underoos, while I eventually made my way back out into the heat to scrub down the car. I never did get all the ice-cream out, but at that point, I didn’t care much. I had a half a mind to send Scooby in there to clean up the mess.
Yep, that was a day neither one of us could ever forget and it seems to be a very fond memory of Kyle’s! I’m glad I was there to experience it with him. That mess was totally worth it!
Below is a video of Kyle eating an ice-cream cone from last year. He was cracking me up! He even brought up the ice-cream cone story.