snack day

On Thursday afternoon, for the first day this week, I was home to pick the kids up from school. For the summer break, the Bumblebee has gone back to the daycare that the Sweet Potato goes to (they have a summer camp for elementary school kids, with swimming and field trips), which has made life a lot easier, as they’re both in the same place at the end of the day. Of course, we’re back to paying hundreds of dollars a week, so there is a downside.

The kids were both hot and sweaty–they’d obviously been playing outside a lot in the afternoon. When Bee started going to daycare, I started the tradition that Thursday is ‘snack day,’ and I would bring her some kind of special treat when I picked her up. This week, since it was so hot, I decided to stop for water ice. For those of you not from the East Coast, water ice is almost, but not quite, a snow cone. Basically compressed shaved ice that has been flavored in some way. Our kids prefer cherry.

This year, we didn’t have snack day during the school year, since landisdad mostly picked up the Bee from school, so I had to remind her about the significance of the day. When I told her we were going to stop for water ice, cries of joy emerged from the back seat.

For the first time, the Potato got his very own water ice (as opposed to sharing with his sister and me). It was, predictably, a complete mess, and I’m sure took another couple of dollars off of the resale value of my car. But it was worth it to look back and see him, happily covered in sticky red goo from the elbows to the fingertips, with a clown-smile of water ice wrapped around his mouth. It’s going to be a good summer.


June 25, 2005. thoughtful parenting.


  1. Tiffany replied:

    Awww don’t you just love those moments!! It’s moments like this that really remind you what parenting is about!! I love to see my children spontaneously hold each other’s hand, or to sit together on the couch, entranced by a movie….!! So cute!!!

  2. jessica replied:

    Awwww…that’s great!

  3. Comfort Addict replied:

    Water ice sounds cool. In the midwest, we only had snow cones. Either way, there’s nothing like something cold on a hot day!

  4. landismom replied:

    CA–the snow cone is a pale imitation of water ice, I’m sad to say. There’s some way that they get the flavor totally infused in the ice, that just doesn’t happen with the snow cone (in my experience).

  5. landismom replied:

    Tiff–yeah, it’s the moments when they stop fighting with each other that I realize how great it is going to be for them to have each other for their whole lives.


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