FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Yesterday, after a grueling day of shopping, my daughter asked if I would pull off of the interstate so we could stop at McDonalds. I reminded her that we just had a big lunch a few hours ago, and she said all she wanted was to get a Shamrock Shake. I don’t remember any of my kids ever requesting a Shamrock Shake…..who is this child? I reminded her that I just bought her a movie, so she decided that she would pay for the shake out of her allowance. That left me no excuse, so of course being the perfect mother that I am, I stopped so she could get a shake. We pulled into the drive-thru and after looking at the prices, she decided she wanted a large shake. I am quietly shaking my head because there is no way she will finish an entire large shake, but it was her money….so large Shamrock Shake it was. She paid her $2.99 and they handed us this huge beautiful green shake, complete with whipped cream and a cherry. She giggled with glee as I handed it to her, and then went to work enjoying the shake.
As I was driving the rest of the way home, my memory wandered back to the time that my sister Kelly, and a Shamrock Shake had a face off…and the shake won! My mom, two sisters and I had gone grocery shopping one Saturday in Streator. The year was 1970, and I would have been 11, Kelly was 7,and Tammy was at the ripe old age of 3. It was a treat to go out to lunch when I was young. We never questioned it, we just knew that it was an unexpected treat. The rule was that we could get a sandwich, and either french fries or a small coke. Again, we didn’t question why, it just was the way it was…period! It was early March and McDonalds had just introduced a new shake flavor, now well-known as a Shamrock Shake. Kelly had decided that she wanted a shake, and she proceeded to beg and plead to get the shake. I can still remember my mom trying to reason with her, telling her that it was mint flavored and she would not like it. Kelly insisted she knew what mint tasted like, and promised she would drink the whole thing. Of course I opted for french fries and a glass of water….there were no better fries on earth as McDonalds….and even at the age of 11 I knew my food. We all get settled in and begin eating our lunch. Kelly ate her burger and the took a big swig of the shake…and then gagged. One of those honest to goodness gags…the ones that make your mouth open like a fish and you make a horrible noise that seems to come out of your mouth from the tips of your toes. Your know the look: your face turns kinda purplish red, and you appear to stop breathing for a few seconds. (excuse me a moment because at this point I am giggling so hard that the tears are running down my face just picturing her sitting at that table)
Anyway…I hurry to finish my burger and fries as fast as I can, while trying to ease away from her as we sit side by side in the booth….and of course I am near the wall. She begs mom to let her throw away the shake, and mom is determined that she is going to sit there until she drinks at least 3/4 of it. She tried to tell Kelly she wouldn’t like it, she tried to reason with Kelly….but NOOOOO Kelly knew what she wanted, and mom was not going to waste the $1.89. I just wanted to die in horror as we sat in McDonalds for over an hour as Kelly continued to sip….gag….sip…gag….plead….sip….purple face……gag….plead….fish lips……gag…..plead…..until there was one-quarter of the shake left. Kelly may have thought she was stubborn at the young age of 7, but she was in the ring with the champ! And to this day I remind her every single year when I see that Shamrock Shakes are back! And since I am a christian woman, I won’t tell you what her reply to me is now that we are adults ♥
PS…Miss Madison drank 1/2 of her shake….which makes me wonder why kids refuse to listen to their parents line of reasoning…..we didn’t get to be this age by not learning a thing or two……..duh!
FOOD FOR THE SOUL
DEDICATED TO KELLY JO!
2 cups of vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup milk
3/4 tsp peppermint extract (don’t over do this…strong in flavor)
green food coloring (8-9) drops
Blend all together until the right consistancy.
Since we are no longer in the 70’s…add whipped cream and a cherry.