It is important to us that our girls eat healthy and we limit ‘treats’ as much as possible in our home. Having said that, we will head out for frozen yogurt on a hot sunny day. We’re strict about it, but within reason
Something happened the other day at the part that got me thinking. It was a hot afternoon at about 3:30pm and the spray park was packed with families trying to stay cool.
In the distance we could hear the familiar tune of the ice cream truck and I knew it was headed straight for the park we were playing at. Smart ice cream truck! Drive straight to where the kiddies are (and at a time of day when the heat was nearly unbearable).
But then something happened that was a little bit surprising.
Of the (probably) 15 kidlets there with their parents, not ONE ran to the truck giddy with excitement and begging their mom/dad/grandparent/nanny for a frozen treat.
I heard caregivers explaining things like: “We’ll be having dinner soon honey”, and “We don’t eat those kinds of things sweetie”. But they didn’t even need to. None of the kids even asked for an ice cream!
All I could think about was how different this scene would have maybe played out 10, 20, 30 years ago. All the kids dropping what they were doing, running at top speed in their soaking wet bathing suits up to the strangers in the truck and pointing frantically at the display board while their parents made their way over with the money.
I remember doing this, even though my parents were very health conscious and we were RARELY allowed anything that contained sugar.
So what has changed? Are we that much healthier these days? Is it that our children know better than to run toward the road in the direction of strangers?
Is this the death of the ice cream truck? No more Rockets, Creamsicles or Cornettos?
Will we tell our children one day about how when we were young, there were these trucks that drove around residential neighbourhoods selling popsicles and ice cream sandwiches, much like we try to explain Walkmans and Oily stickers?
Do you still indulge in ice cream truck treats?