Monday, September 7, 2009

Monday Memories

Actually, my memories on Mondays are usually memories I had on Sunday. I am not sure why Sundays seem to be more nostalgic than other days, but for me they are. Maybe it is the usually slower pace of the day. Fewer interuptions.

So on to the memories...

Yesterday stirred up a major hankering for comfort food. Oh I was craving creamy or cheesy or, well just not good for your arteries kind of food, but I did not care! I had to feed that craving!

So after a dinner of really cheesy burgers and tots, I was craving a Peanut Buster Parfait. I did not really want to go out, so I mentally inventoried what I knew we had: vanilla ice cream, check; spanish peanuts, no; cocktail peanuts, check; chocolate syrup, check.

As I gathered the goodies to concoct my own version of Dairy Queens sundae to feed my craving, I noticed a jar of caramel topping. And that is where the memories took off.

As a child, we lived just a few blocks from my grandparents, so visits were frequent. Spend the night trips, not too frequent. But whether the visits were just an early evening or the infrequent over night trip, there was ice cream.

And always the same: vanilla with caramel syrup.

No exceptions. They never changed it up. Never any chocolate or peach or chocolate chip mint cookie dough with brownie chunks (ok, so that flavor is kind of made up;)). I think this was more to my grandfathers liking.

It is funny how one item can bring back a slew of memories. Not deep long events, but the little things that comfort: the way he made that silly noise when we (the kids) came by. A noise that just cannot be described with words. That scent of the wrigly spearmint gum he always chewed. The way he teased the cat. Sitting in his lap, playing with the hair on his arms that he called his feathers.

He passed away Thanksgiving Day 1995. I had not seen him in a couple years - their living in Colorado, us in Georgia. Phone conversations had become next to impossible - he could not hear well and the calls just seemed to frustrate all involved. But aren't the good memories great?

Now, as for me and ice cream: I like to change it up. I very seldom have just vanilla. I love ice cream- year round, and I love all kinds of flavors.

But one thing I always have - even if I do not use it, is a jar in the cupboard or fridge of caramel syrup.

Memory Mondays hosted by Gayle at PlanetMFiles . . .



Gayle said...

I love your list of little comforting memories of your grandfather! I think it's so sweet that you always have caramel syrup in the cupboard.

Thank you for joining Monday Memories!

Puna said...

What a wonderful person your grandfather must have been. It's wonderful to have that memory!

Sandi McBride said...

My Grandfather's favorite was Neopolitan...a bit of the best of three worlds of flavor, as he put brought back a particularly lovely memory for me.

Friar Tuck said...

Love Peanut Buster Parfaits

Finding Pam said...

What a precious memory. Now you have me thinking of my grandfather. I loved him so much because he did not try to change a thing about me. He loved me for me. I was the tomboy, while my sister was the prissy one.

It is always good to come by and read your blog.

Cheffie-Mom said...

What a wonderful memory! Love this post!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

That's a wonderful memory that your family will enjoy reading here.

JustRandi said...

I love that memory! And I love that something so simple could stay with you for so long.

Sometimes I think memory making has to be - - well, I just make it more complicated somehow.
Thanks for the reminder.

Jane In The Jungle said...

Awwww I love your memories and you are so right! For me, it's cut-up peaches with sugar and milk on them and my Granny.

Maggie May said...

Ahhhh...... comfort food. That is my weakness!
It is the little things that seem to set off the deepest memories with me also. The smell, sight or taste of something can quite unexpectedly bring out a strong memory.
Enjoyed reading about yours.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Dearest Lailani, As you know already, I LOVE this post...mmmm...making me sooo hungry!!!! Thanks so much for your wonderful, welcoming comments!!! I treasure your friendship!!! And I'm so glad to be back!!! See you soon! Sending love, Janine XO