Monday

ice cream guy

You know how some people have an inexplicable fear of clowns? Well, I have just discovered that I have some sort of visceral aversion to those ice cream vans that play tinny carnival music and tool around neighborhoods.

I grew up in a rural village, so the only place I ever saw these ice cream vans was on TV. And in my old neighborhood in Bearden, we must not have been on a route. But in our new neighborhood near downtown, we are visited daily by these ice cream guys.

I start feeling freaked out as soon as I hear the music ever so faintly, off in the distance. If my children are playing outside, I find myself going out to the yard and ushering them into the house as I hear the guy getting closer.

Of course they think I am totally weird...

I can't figure out where this aversion is coming from. Maybe I had a really bad past life experience with an ice cream van guy.

8 comments:

mamalife said...

Oh, the ice cream guy brings back sweet memories of my childhood as we'd hear his truck coming in the distance and run in the house begging my parents for some money to buy ice cream... I wish there was one in our neighborhood so I could share this with my daughter when she gets older!

Melanie said...

I've always told my kids (ages 4.5 and 3 now) that is the "music truck". And how nice it is that he drives around the neighborhood so we can all hear the nice music. Because I'm with you - they creep me out. Around us, they're always beat up vans with treats being sold out of the side door.

Patrick said...

What's the matter, don't like "serial killer" vans driven by not so vaguely creepy guys who are humming that Van Halen song? Ha. Still, I like the idea of scampering inside to hide from the music truck . . .

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skb said...

I briefly drove an ice cream truck one summer. Instead of the ice cream truck jingle, I put in an 8-track of Suzy Q by Credence. Kids thought I was weird. I guess they were right.

(I had to give up the job after taking too many buttons and pennies and food stamps for ice cream. I was losing money every day.)

Dewi said...

I love the ice cream truck.
The mayor of NYC has tried to outlaw ice cream truck music as noise pollution.
Does it creep you out the children react like Pavlov dogs and run like maniacs for money?
Or the ice cream man reminds you of john lacy the serial killer?

Alien said...

Kids, get in NOW! The bogeyman's coming.

Annie said...

I always wished I had an ice cream truck growing up. Now, that I live in a place that has them, I am going crazy. Everyday,at around 4:00pm, the ice cream truck comes driving up playing that song that gets stuck in my head very eaisly. My kids come running up to me begging for money so they can buy a superman or a fudgepop. Now, I am happy that I did not have an ice cream truck growing up.