Friday, September 6, 2019

In September

What's sweeter than a cherry ice at summer's end? The sun's still hot, but days are shortening, as summer dips into the fall.  And coming home from the train, there on the block, is the ice cart.  The luck of it! To buy an ice for a couple of bucks, and take it only steps away, and sit to eat it on the sidewalk by your door.  To spoon it in its concentrated cold before it melts, with movements both rapid and precise. By the end of it all your mouth's stained red. The ice is gone and you're the cherry flavor now.

Truth be told, the carts are easy enough to find, and stick around well beyond summer, or even fall.  I've eaten cherry ices in Detective Joseph Mayrose Park in winter, when the weather turned mild enough.  It's pretty great to eat a cherry ice outside round Christmas.  If you don't think about it too much.  But the ones in September are the best, so loaded with sentiment, what with the year turning and another birthday gone, and everything speeding up beyond control.  Eat them as slowly as you can.  But hurry. 


Brian F. said...

"what with the year turning and another birthday gone" - After all this time I probably should know for sure your birthday but I'm guessing so Happy Birthday! Every time I come to your pages its like meeting up with a friend to sort out the neighborhood's goings on. Although I grew up for a time in Massapequa LI and worked in Manhattan, Brooklyn was mostly out the car/train windows. Now my niece has moved from Williamsburg, so you are that wonderful link to somewhere I never knew but love dreaming about. I frequently stroll your streets via Google Maps, trying to find the sights you feature. I miss the city I left long ago, except when I'm here. Please have the best new year!

onemorefoldedsunset said...

Thanks Brian! It's been a crazily busy year one way or another, with the latest (delightful) event being the arrival of a new member of the family - a New Yorker with roots in four of the five boroughs, and farther afield in the Caribbean, England, Poland and more. So all in all less time online, or roaming with a camera. But I hope to get back to more regular posting in a few months. Lots of fresh adventures ahead. I really appreciate your reading the blog and your kind comments!