Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A silly little story

Don't you just hate it when you're unable to enjoy a gloriously sunny autumn afternoon because you're sick in bed with a fluey bug and a fever? There I was last Thursday: lying on my bed in my pajamas, listlessly trying to watch a DVD playing on my laptop but unable to concentrate on the shenanigans taking place at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce... when I became aware of a faint jingly-jangly music coming from my open window. I hit pause on the DVD and squinted my ears, and gradually realised that the jingle-jangle was a sped-up recording of 'Greensleeves' and was getting louder, which could only mean one thing: an ice cream van was about to drive past my bedroom window.

Ice cream truck driving past

Remarkably, it proceeded to park a mere twenty metres from my doorstep. "IT'S A SIGN!", my febrile mind deduced, and without another thought I grabbed some coins, thongs and my phone, aimed myself at the front door and lurched through it.

Ice cream truck

After the children in front of me had bought their ice creams, I stepped up and asked for a cone dipped in chocolate and nuts. The ice cream man cast his eyes down at my pajama pants and raised his eyebrows. When I explained that I was home from work sick, he not only wished me a speedy recovery but also added a flake to my ice cream cone FOR FREE.

Best sick day EVER.

Price listWith a Flake FOR FREE

14 comments:

thequincepoacher.com said...

That's a great story. I really enjoyed reading it. Hopefully the ice cream cheered you up and assisted your recovery!

Injera said...

Hope you're feeling better now! The ice-cream man probably thought you had read this story and were after something a little stronger:

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8225737/cops-bust-ice-cream-van-drug-ring

Claire said...

i LOVE that you squinted your ears. rad story, put a smile on my face : )

Emily said...

I'm home sick and fevery today - wish I had an ice-cream truck visit! Total win!

steve said...

Nice. I alwsy have a cone first then get cravings for a flake but thats just me.

Emily said...

Ah brilliant! And look at his flourish of the ice-cream and grin - priceless!

Sarah said...

I hope no one from work saw you!

R & H said...

Oh, ice cream trucks are so nostalgic! How lovely of the ice cream man and I hope you are feeling much better!

msihua said...

Ooo so lucky! I've never been lucky enough to live anywhere with passing ice-cream trucks :( BOO

Nola said...

How good is season 4 of Mad Men! I'm only about half way through and loving it. Also very ill myself so am not sure what will keep me compnay when I finish the season. Perhaps Boardwalk Empire?

Here is hoping we both feel better soon. :)

Jo - SecondHelping said...

Love it. I miss ice cream trucks. And you were so right - it was a sign :)

Juliet Winter said...

AH! I love your blog! Your love for Melbourne and food is something that we share. :)
- Juju

http://thejulietreport.blogspot.com

yasmeen said...

what better way to cure a sickie!

hope you're feeling better, though i can't imagine that experience made you feel anything but awesome.

claire said...

Thanks to all who left comments about this post! I almost didn't include it on blog because I thought it was silly and outside MG's usual ambit, so I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Injera: Lulz at your link to that news story :)

Sarah: Fear not, it was an entirely legitimate day of sick leave, with a doctor's certificate to prove it.

Nola: Yes I loved season 4 of Mad Men, especially 'The Suitcase'. I enjoyed Boardwark Empire too, but I'm a sucker for anything set in the 1920s. The standout character in BE for me is Richard Harrow - have you come across him yet?