6pm. 'Twas raining when I was going home from work. I wore a hooded sweater to cover myself form the weather (ha! It rhymed.) I was walking near the Fuente circle when I saw 2 women selling ice cream at 5 pesos per scoop to promote the flavors of the month for the upcoming holidays. Considering the price range, I bought one; which reminded me of the time when I was young.
Kindergarten, I was in glee when I saw the ice-cream-man who was ringing his bell motioning for the children to buy his product. I bought one for myself in the process. However, I cried when the frozen delight fell off from my cone after school. I was later pacified when my guardian bought me another 3 scoops. But you can only imagine my face looking at the wasted treat melting on the ground. Before, I was complaining upon getting a broken tooth extracted. But afterwards, I was treated with a couple of scoops to divert my attention from the pain. I asked mama if I could get all my teeth removed in exchange for how many gallons. She just exchanged me with a sneer. In grade school, Iâ€™d used up my allowance just to satisfy myself of this frozen delight even without eating lunch. My classmates warned me that my stomach would grumble any minute since I didnâ€™t have anything inside. But it didnâ€™t ache; I even continued the same act the next few days.Â There was even a time when we went out with colleagues at work in celebration of passing our work training. I was pretending to get drunk just because my workmate promised heâ€™d buy me some dessert. I shut my mouth from talking too much when I was able to getÂ my fix. I love ice cream, everyone does, I assume. It never fails to brighten my mood. ICE CREAM = HAPPINESS, not really much of an equation; but not really a point for debate as well. Itâ€™s always associated with a celebration, whether it be a birthday, Christmas or a simple get-together where people want to just let loose and talk. You can always see grins on peopleâ€™s faces whenever you see them with a cone, glass, bowl or cup at hand.
I imagine myself arriving from a long and busy day, alone in my room.Â Outside, it's raining very hard, I have the air conditioner on Â full blast and evenÂ a fan directing towards me. Iâ€™d wrap myself in the thickest blanket and Iâ€™d watch my favorite cartoon show; holding a pint of ube ice cream while savoring every moment of solitude.
*Sigh* I later realized itâ€™s not really because of the ice cream alone, but more of remembering memories of a blissful childhood complimenting the scenarios associated with lifeâ€™s pleasures.
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