Today was a scorcher, the sun seems so hot now compared to when I was a child, probably evidence of the damage we have caused to the ozone layer =(
On a day like today, it was important to hydrate, and normally I carry with me on my travels my trusty 44 oz Bubba Keg with two trays of ice and then topped up with water.
I usually take Alec to the playpark in Alliston or Beeton two or three times a week. He has an opportunity to meet with friends he would have an opportunity to meet, and burn off some energy. Rather than just taking my Bubba Keg and a water bottle filled with ice for Alec, I took a soft-sided cooler we often use when grocery shopping in the summer and half filled it with frozen ice-packs. Then I took a number of bottles of gatorade and a case of frozen Mott's Sensations, juice frozen in plastic sleeves. We decided to go to Beeton today since the mature trees would offer more shade.
There was the usual suspects, with their parents watching when we arrived. After about ten minutes, Alec came to me for a drink. I asked him if we should offer his friends some refreshments. All six children came rushing over. After clearing it with their parents, Alec handed out these frozen treats.
When the children had finished and were back playing tag, I offered the parents I saw similar refreshments. Funny, I had more takers for the frozen treats than the Gatorade. As I joined them, memories of cycling to the local variety store and buying a popsicle, plastic tube with frozen treat, or a Lola then sitting on the concrete steps and sucking on the various frozen treats (Lolas were by far my favorite - either cherry, grape, or perhaps orange - if any of you remember these frozen pyramid shaped treats) flooded back.
I will come back another day this summer with a cooler full of frozen on another scorching day this summer... and perhaps start new memories for these children. They do seem much smaller than I remember them, but I an sure are still an experience =)
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage