I hope everyone had a happy fathers day. I sure did. Kim and the kids made me some fabulous picture pages that will go into the scrapbooks, and I also got a Team USA soccer jersey. I asked Kim to take it back before Thursday, this way, after the US doesn’t qualify to go through (they are playing terrible, even with the Italian tie) she can then repurchase it for half off that initial price – I figure half of Nike’s profit is in hype.
After doing the weekly yard work, the day really got fun. We went to the pool, just Dad and kiddos (Mom went to an art exhibit) and I spent a good hour getting dunked. I clearly remember how much fun I had dunking my dad and his throwing me all over the pool. It’s a good workout. We then went for the most interesting ice cream treat a Grasso has ever eaten.
It was a very nice, sultry Atlanta day, and one of the ‘spots’ is a place called Brusters, which is a throw-back to an old ice cream stand you walk up to and then sit on benches outside and eat. So lots of people milling about with cones and sundaes. I read off the list of the twenty or so flavors (Demetrius only gets ‘pink’ or ‘white’, but today he wanted a pink milkshake) – but Maya wanted ‘Cotton Candy Explosion’. She was very loud, and emphatic, that this was her choice…she also wanted it as a milkshake. Now, again, she’s four years old – so the taste buds work very differently than they do for the rest of mankind and the guy in line behind me actually went, ‘Eehheckk’. The 15 year old working the counter actually asked Maya if she was sure that would taste good. She dug her heels – that’s what she wanted (Demetrius was getting a milkshake, so was she!).
Well, it looked normal. We sat down on the bench and they sucked away. Like all little ones, she bites her straw, so the pieces of cotton candy were getting stuck and nothing was getting through the tunnel. I helped (long line, can’t immediately go get a new straw), so I bit the other sides of it to even it up, stirred it and took a sip to get it flowing…folks, I’m telling you here right now: If you are ever in Atlanta, and you go by a Brusters, stop your car. Get out, and go get a ‘Cotton Candy Explosion’ milkshake. It is simply the best milkshake I have ever tasted. I then thought, “Well, I’m not much of an ice cream guy, I should compare it to Demetrius’ strawberry shake…” took a sip of his (he eyed me to make sure it was no more than a sip), and my gosh… his tasted like bathwater comparatively. I was floored. As I went by the guy that made yuck noice on the way to the car, he asked, “How did it go?” I told him what had transpired. He looked at me and said, “Next time,” as he polished off his chocolate chip ice cream.
Along with that, during the Cotton Candy Explosion milkshake awakening, I asked Maya and Demetrius if they were excited about vacation bible school starting this week. Now, the backstory here is that Demetrius is becoming vocal about things he hates, like ‘squash’ or ‘taking Buddy for a walk’ or anything else he doesn’t want to do at that exact moment. He’s heard it on TV, so he can give the inflection perfect to this particular statement from Nickelodeon. Maya is excited (I can play with my friends and do crafts…), Demetrius is a typical boy, “Did you say the school word, during the summer? Oh, and it involves church? That just sounds like everything I would want to do during three months off…” So we are sitting on the bench, sucking milkshakes and Demetrius turns to me and says at the top of his lungs with a furrowed brow, “I hate the bible!”
Now, knowing Demetrius and the backstory, I wasn’t surprised, but really – in public, IN THE BIBLE BELT…on a SUNDAY AFTERNOON, while eating ice cream WHILE FOLKS ARE STILL WEARING THEIR SUNDAY’S FINEST…he could have picked his spot better. Yes, we got a couple of looks. But what do you do? You say to Demetrius that we don’t say hate….and that there is some interesting reading in Deuteronomy that we’ll get right to it when we get home….just to pretend that we are not heathens living in the land of milk and honey.
Really, we went home and watched Toy Story.