he loves…

November 29, 2009 at 5:00 am 3 comments

…ice cream.

Nathan’s dad, Michael, is visiting us this week and two things have been made abundantly clear. He loves these three granddaughters of his, and he loves ice cream. A lot. And I mean a lot. I mean, write-a-blog-post-about-it, type of a lot.

Today after lunch he ordered a root beer float and also two scoops of vanilla and chocolate, on the side. And tonight after dinner we went to the Big Dipper and he ordered a Super Nova; six scoops of icecream, six toppings, whip cream, and three cherries. When the lady brought it over to us she asked: how many spoons?, and we answered: ONE!

Wow. And he ate it, all.

I love this about him. He loves ice cream and he isn’t afraid to show it. Ice cream feels good to him and he’s going to eat it, as often as he can.

There aren’t many of us embracing our desires as strongly as this. So many of us pull ourselves back with leashes of “shoulds”, or are shamed by imaginary bleachers full of judgmental witnesses. I know I am.

What if you ate as much ice cream as you wanted? What if you did everything you wanted? What if you merely let yourself want what you wanted?

 

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Marirose  |  November 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Man, it’s been years since I had a root beer float! Mmmm…!

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  • 2. Amy Cormode  |  November 30, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Natalie, I have to take a moment here to thank you for putting yourself and your journey out here for the rest of us. I am sort of a phantom reader, always haunting websites and blogs but never contributing much of my own. This post reminds me, as your posts often have, to stop fearing and seek out what I love and to do it. Thanks! On another note, your FEELEEZ color pages are wildly popular at our house and recently were introduced to my nieces during their Thanksgiving visit. We having them hanging all over our family room walls now…such a good starting point for discussion. Blessings, amy cormode

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  • 3. Theresa  |  November 30, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Sounds exactly like my dad 🙂 He could also live happily on cheese.

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