730. Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. Ice cream is happiness condensed. ~Don Kardong, Jessie Lane Adams

In everyone’s life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame
by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for 
those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.
~Albert Schweitzer

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This is a bit of a strange post for Mother’s Day, but then there are those who say I am a bit strange, and truth be told, I might be. And I normally don’t post more than once a day, but while what happened today was fresh in my mind, I decided to go ahead with it. I’ve written several posts now about my childhood in which I’ve talked about how wonderful it was, and it truly was. In one of them, however, I also added that like all else in life, it was not without hurtful events, some of which came about because of my mother. Then in caring for mom who suffered from dementia at the end of her life, things became very arduous and wounding. As a result, since then I’ve prayed over and over again that the Lord would help me forgive and forget as much as possible and help me replace the bad “stuff” with remembrances of the happy and good times. Okay, I’m sure by now you all are asking yourselves, where is she going with this? How could this possibly have anything to do with ice cream as her lead and photos indicate? Funny, how the Lord works sometimes, isn’t it?! Well you see, it goes like this: while eating strawberry ice cream today, memories of my Mother’s unequaled, homemade ice cream flooded my mind with memories of the joy and happiness that was a part of life most of the time at my mother’s house. My mom was THE very best cook in the whole wide world. That’s why over the years, my friends were always thrilled to get an invitation to her house. In fact, I sometimes wonder if my husband married me because of who I am or because of my mom’s mashed potatoes. Well, that’s neither here nor there; I really just wrote this to thank the Lord for what happened with the ice cream today and to wish all of you a Happy Mother’s day. Even if you, who are reading this have never birthed a child, I wish you the same because everyone mothers other people in one way or another at times. And as for old Albert Schweitzer’s words, he was right in a way; it was a sort of a fire that had gone out, and though the encounter was with ice cream instead of another human being, it helped, maybe not to rekindle as much as to work, some healing in my inner spirit.

“‘Each of you must respect your mother and father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the Lord your God. ~Leviticus 19:3   ✝

**Images via Pinterest; collage created by Natalie

50 thoughts on “730. Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. Ice cream is happiness condensed. ~Don Kardong, Jessie Lane Adams

  1. C’est un très bel hommage à votre mère et à toutes les femmes. Merci, Natalie, cela m’a rappelé la crème glacée de ma maman qui était aussi une excellente cuisinière et à qui j’ai beaucoup pardonné aussi.
    Toute ma tendresse et belle Fête
    PS. Votre mari vous a épousé pour votre feu intérieur, j’en suis sûre

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    • Thanks so much, Elisabeth. I’m glad you enjoyed and apparently identified with my story, and that you have forgiven as well. I’ve got some more to do when it comes to my mom; well, maybe not so much forgiving as I’ve done that, it’s the putting it behind me that’s not easy. Thanks for the kind assessment of my why husband married me. Since it’s going on 52 years now and he has had any of mom’s mashed potatoes in about 20 years, maybe you’re right. I pray you have a wonderful week. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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      • Ce n’est jamais facile pour personne mais vous y arriverez car l’amour vous guide, Natalie…
        Vous m’avez bien fait rire avec votre mari, et un beau et durable mariage se mérite et se travaille.
        Toute ma tendresse et belle semaine à vous

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  2. Oh, I love what you sais about replacing bad memories with good ones! That is what I do too!! 🙂 I choose to focus on and to remember the beautiful times! 🙂 I think it is kind of forgiving in action in a way 🙂 I love ice cream too! My childhood was full of ice cream. My father loves ice cream so since he ate it all the time my brother and I were allowed to eat as much of it as we wanted too 🙂 I remember summers filled with ice cream. Ice cream trucks and ice cream boats on the sea 🙂 🙂 Lovely!! ❤

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    • Once when I was going through a very difficult passage in my life, my mentor asked what I would do if I were 4 again. I thought a minute and said, “I’d go get an ice cream cone.” Then every week before you come see me, she said, “I want to you stop and get an ice cream cone first.” Boy was that an easy assignment to manage. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  3. Isn’t it funny how memories are triggered by a simple event. The mind is an awesome tool. This triggers my mind to think of how our Creator is so amazing to construct such works of art called the ‘human race’.

    So wonderful that you are replacing bad memories with good ones. It is indeed a struggle to get to that place of forgiveness. A struggle I am faced with daily, for I too have mixed memories of my childhood and my mother and some more recent ones I have not processed yet.

    I wrote a post in her honor today, but certain hurt feelings only allowed me to go to a certain point and no further without it being a farce. I wanted it to represent my true feelings, a post which I emailed to her later so she can read with her own eyes.

    I sigh heavily, for I know there is still much healing to be done, but I am grateful for the good moments since it at least a start in the right direction.

    I go now to have some ice cream in honor of this post 🙂

    Happy Mother’s Day!

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  4. It wasn’t mother’s day here but Marilyn was being a mother to all sorts of people as she always does. I always joked that I married her for her chocolate cake, but in 36 years of marriage I most blessed by Marilyn’s spirit of motherhood. Just watching her in action the other week when Beth was staying with the three boys from her YFC Nomad team left me overwhelmed by the precious gift God gave me in Marilyn.

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    • Oh, I can imagine that she’s a great mom from the things you have said about her before. Children certainly deserve the best mom they can get. I had always read that abused children went on to abuse their children which I just can imagine but know that it’s true. I made up my mind early on to do my very best to not let my hurt be any part at all of my Nikki’s life.
      And I think I did a pretty good job of it; at least I hope so. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  5. I just love ice cream. I just have to confess I really like to eat.

    I really appreciate the deeper message that you shared. It seems like each season of life has its own set of challenges, and each relationship has challenges, too, that are more or less intense during specific times. It is so healing to be able to find something special about people and think about how it blesses us…even if it was/is an indirect kind of blessing.

    Hugs and Blessings,
    Theresa

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  6. My mother is an amazing cook too and I reckon my husband was enthralled by mum’s cooking too. Though she didn’t make icecream, she’d bake and do amazing Malaysian dishes. She’s still a great cook.

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  7. Dear Natalie – no homemade icecream can rivalize with vanilla hand made ( turning in a special pot with bits of ice ) by my mother !!! – my youth…
    we helped, turning pot in the garden, among roses and apples ( for pies ) !
    ( Now I understand why I did not receive your coms …. they were where ???? …I do not know where… I just reconnected to-day )
    I do wish you a nice Sunday – how is your health ? may I ask you ?
    Hugs !!

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    • Oh I’m so glad you’re back. For some reason, WP disconnects us from others from time to time. My knee is healing very well and I’m more and more mobile. I’ve seen a new neurologist about the Restless Leg Syndrome and he’s increased my meds and it’s much better. And he said he can increase it more if need be.
      Thanks so much for inquiring. Last year was such a long hard year, healthwise for me. You are very kind to inquire. I pray you have a blessed and marvelous week. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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