I saw this in my FB feed, and of course it caught my eye, so I clicked through – not that I need any encouragement in this department (if you eat it with a fork, it’s a meal!) – but it seemed particularly apropos, what with yesterday being Matt’s birthsday and National Dessert Day to boot.
Here’s the back story:
(from the event page, I don’t know the woman who created this, but it’s lovely)
On October 15, 2005, my father’s life was cut short after a very brief battle with cancer. While he was in the hospital, the doctor cleared him to have any food he wanted. I called and had my brother bring a small cup of Haagen-Dazs Vanilla ice cream brought in for him – his favorite. Dad never got to eat that ice cream.
As a tribute to my father, ice cream for dinner day was born.
Ice Cream for Dinner Day is an opportunity to reevaluate your priorities. Celebrate spontaneity. Realize that life is short and unpredictable and that sometimes you don’t get the opportunity to do things that you put off until later (like dessert). Remember those who have left us. Acknowledge the idea that watching the excitement on your children’s faces when you tell them you’re having ice cream for dinner is way more fun than trying to force them to eat their veggies, and for one night out of the year it truly will not kill them. Join in a tradition. Live a little.
Every year, there is always a group of people who reply “I would NEVER feed my kids ice cream before dinner!” This year, challenge yourself to break out of that mentality.
Invite everyone you know! I am always amazed and my heart is so warmed that this event spreads the way it does every year. In the past, Ice Cream for Dinner Day has made it to Australia, British Columbia and Israel! Every year the response is overwhelming and so touching. Raise a spoon and spread the love!