Photo Friday: First ICEE

First ICEE at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, CA
First ICEE at Irvine Regional Park in Orange, CA

I often write about what I hope the kids will get out of travel. A sense of their place in the world, a more open-minded attitude towards differences, a sense of history, and more. But sometimes travel is just fun. I'm more likely to introduce some special childhood treat on vacation, in the knowledge that we I won't face weekly (or daily) begging for a repeat.

A hot day, a tired kid, and an opportunity to learn just how red your tongue can get! What could be better?

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  1. Caitlin on November 12, 2009 at 6:03 p.m.

    I'm first! *happy dance*

  2. Carolina on November 12, 2009 at 6:42 p.m.

    Mmm, I want one of those now. I agree, it's about new experiences :)

  3. Caitlin on November 12, 2009 at 8:17 p.m.

    That's a clever parenting strategy, by the way. Things don't become habits if they're not part of your routine.

  4. amida on November 12, 2009 at 8:24 p.m.

    That's a sneaky way to expose-yet-limit treats! I used to really want Icees as a kid. These days I don't think I can finish one. Blech!

  5. Lorraine on November 12, 2009 at 10:44 p.m.

    You can almost taste the contentment!

  6. Victoria on November 13, 2009 at 1:27 a.m.

    I'm with you on this one! Holidays are a time to try out new things, including treats. You can't visit a new country and NOT find out what sweets they eat!

  7. maria on November 13, 2009 at 2:18 a.m.

    He looks like he's enjoying every minute of it. I like your strategy, very clever!

  8. Karen on November 13, 2009 at 6:17 a.m.

    Love this pic. It's been a while since I participated in Photo Friday. Feels good to be back.

  9. Lucia on November 13, 2009 at 8:12 a.m.

    I have such a sentimental attachment to ICEEs...that was a big treat that my dad loved to share with us. And I agree...tasty treats are a big part of traveling for us, too.

  10. Debbie on November 13, 2009 at 8:36 a.m.

    @amida I had just enough of that ICEE to dye my tongue deep red and stick it out at my son. As long as we are on vacation, there's no reason I can't be silly too ;)

    @Victoria I'm with you, we usually try out "local" snacks and sweets when we travel. In Southern California, an ICEE seemed like a good fit!

  11. Cate on November 13, 2009 at 8:39 a.m.

    I've never tried an ICEE but it looks like a treat for al ages. Love his look - almost like he's composing a limmerick as he sucks.

  12. Debbie on November 13, 2009 at 8:44 a.m.

    @Cate possibly an ode to high-fructose corn syrup and red dye!