Eating Ice Cream with My Fingers – A Fresh Perspective

I am in year 3 of my blog.

In the early days of this blog, there are posts that received little exposer.

I have a new category ‘Reruns – A Fresh Perspective’.  This category reposts these earlier posts that received little exposer and a fresh perspective on how I feel about them today.

This post was originally posted on May 19, 2015 –

Have you ever eaten ice cream with your fingers?

I remember back at a time, maybe 25 years ago, when I was going through one of many rough times in my life.


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This particular time in my life was rough because I was struggling to survive to make ends meet, to move forward.  This particular time in my life was just one of many where I was experiencing life’s bumpy road.  I was going through my divorce and working a job that did not pay well.  I was depressed, alone, paying child support for several kids, trying to pay bills, just trying to survive; and wondering where my next penny was coming from.  During this period of struggle, even though the money was minimal I needed to do something for myself.  I felt I needed to ‘treat’ myself because I did not want to neglect myself, I did not want to neglect my well-being.  I gave myself a ‘treat’ at least once a month.  One month I bought a cheap picture to put on a bare wall in my apartment of little furnishings.  I needed something to look at besides the wall paper.

Another month I decided to buy ice cream as a ‘treat’ for myself – I needed it!  I went to the store and bought the ice cream and was excited and looked forward to the moment of eating it because it was so desired.  As soon as I arrived to my apartment I immediately wanted to eat the ice cream.  But wait!  It occurred to me that I have no silverware; no spoons, no forks, no knifes, nothing.  I had no plates, no bowls, no cups; I had nothing!  My apartment of little furnishings was not going to prevent me from eating the ice cream I desired.  I used my fingers; I used my fingers for as long as I could, until they became cold and I felt they were getting frost bite.  The well desired ice cream was good and I felt good.

I think back at this one moment in time when I wanted something that I felt I needed, desired and deserved.  Even when the tools were not there for me to use, I ate my ice cream anyway.  I will never stop eating ice cream even when it appears sometime will prevent me from doing so.  There is nothing that can stop be from eating my ice cream.


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So, if you do not have the tools to eat your ice cream – don’t let that stop you, there is always another way to eat ice cream.  I know how.

A Fresh Perspective –

Not much has changed with this attitude today.  It is important to treat ourselves and especially when times are tough.  So, no matter the struggle, no matter the time in our life; we should ‘treat’ ourselves, even when we may not have the utensils to do so.

48 thoughts on “Eating Ice Cream with My Fingers – A Fresh Perspective

  1. Absolutely brilliantly written, and so so incredibly true.
    I am a firm believer ‘treating’ oneself and I am so happy that ice-cream is still ‘your thing’. I hope you got even just one spoon after that…shame, all I can think of is your poor frozen fingers. 🙂
    Take care sweet friend. Love and hugs x

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  2. Yum yum! You know I share your passion for ice-cream and I can just imagine it is delicious eaten with your paws …. frozen they may have been but I’ll be the melty bits were twice as nice licked off your fingers 🙂

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  3. This is lovely Terry and very timely for me today. I’ve shared it with my son who definitely needs some icecream in his life right now. You constantly inspire me and I am so humbled by your strength and humour. Sending gentle hugs as always. 🙂

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  4. This made me smile so much, Terry! Eating Ice-cream with your fingers – I admit I never did it but I´m definitely going to!!! Sounds like a lovely way to treat yourself and that´s exactly what we all need to do more 🙂 Happy day, my dear friend and thank you! 🙂 ❤ xxxxxxxxxx

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