Sunday Post: Treasured Pleasure or Guilty Pleasure

Mommy, you said just one bite!


Which is my pleasure?  My daughter and grandson whom I love dearly?  Or the chocolate ice-cream they are eating?

Jake at Time after Time has a Sunday Post Challenge and every week he provides a theme…this week’s theme is PLEASURE.

Life is filled with pleasures…watching a sunset, dancing in the moonlight on a summer evening, completing a difficult project successfully, carving out a chunk of time so that you can read a great book, riding in a convertible with the top down (as long as the weather is pleasant)…the list can go on and on. 

For me, the greatest pleasure is spending time with my loved ones.

But food is also one of life’s pleasures…that’s probably why cooking shows are so popular on TV.  Each of us has our own particular favorites.  For me, ice-cream tops the list.  I must admit that EVERY night I have a small bowl of ice-cream…and my dear sweet husband makes sure that the freezer has at least four or five exotic varieties so that I will never be without…here’s a look at what’s in our freezer right now: Denali Extreme Moose Tracks, Black Raspberry Chocolate, Italian Café Tiramisu, Chocolate Ganache, French Silk and Rocky Road.  Do you notice that each has chocolate in it…that is not by accident, you can be sure!  It’s a good thing we have a good-size freezer…honestly, we do have “real” food in there also!

This love that I have for ice-cream is probably a carry-over from childhood, as are many of the things most of us like or dislike. If you haven’t seen the poem I wrote (it won second place!) that addresses the topic of overcoming childhood fears, you can go to:  Marylin Warner: Things I Want To Tell My Mother: February Poetry Contest Winners.

Ice-cream has always been a part of my life.  My dad loved ice-cream…Friday night was shopping night (I guess Thursday was payday) and my sister and I were allowed to stay up until he came home from the store…there was always a box of ice-cream sandwiches or pops, and we were allowed to have one as a treat.  And on summer evenings, when the ice-cream truck rolled down the street, playing that calliope melody, my dad would always ask us, “What do you girls want?”  Those are memories worth holding on to.

If you’d like more information about Jake’s Sunday Post:

32 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Treasured Pleasure or Guilty Pleasure

  1. Hey Vivian, I see what you mean about those curls, and red hair too!. My youngest grandchild is a curly haired redhead. I still need to post a photo … all in good time. I love your photo. Both Mom and her baby look like happy, well fed campers. My vote goes to ‘treasured’ pleasure. Life is too short to feel guilty about enjoying chocolate ice cream, especially when it is a shared treat! Great photo and sure to become a reminder of a ‘treasured memory’.


    • Hi Vina,
      I know…if you check out past posts of mine, you’ll see lots of curly hair…my twin 6 year old grandchildren have the blond curls…and 3 year old Jeremy has the red. 🙂
      Regarding the ice cream…we used to go to an ice cream place where the owner made the ice cream himself…he had a bulletin board where he posted letters from customers. He had a letter from a 90 year old woman who said her only regret was that she hadn’t eaten enough ice cream. I am working hard to avoid that particular regret. 🙂


  2. Many people are terrible at recognizing and enjoying the small pleasures in life. They don’t take the time to stop and smell the roses. As for kids, they’re the complete opposite and that’s why I love spending time with my kids who are a great influence to recognizing pleasures surrounding us.


    • Thanks, Jake! The ones we love are the best pleasures in life…but ice cream makes life smoother and sweeter. 🙂
      Loved your photo of baseball! And love your 2012 Water Dragon Sunday Post Challenge. 🙂


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  4. I love both – ice-cream and children. I do admit though, that my own children would be top on the list. Enjoyed reading your entry to this week’s challenge.


  5. Small pleasures that are free in life are the best! 🙂
    My fave pleasures are hugs and kisses from my hubby and daughter!

    I love the poem you wrote! I went and visited yesterday but something was wrong with my phone browser I couldn’t comment! Good thing today is a good day 🙂

    Spanish pinay


  6. Such a delightful photo — it exudes joy and fun. Your post certainly was a walk down memory lane since we grew up in the same time period. I remember the special trips to get ice cream, and the ice cream truck, we all chased after with our dimes (it was cheap then). My pleasure: cherry cordial frozen yogurt.

    Love the poem you wrote.


    • Glad you enjoyed it, Pat. Yes, the ice cream treats were ten cents…I can remember calling up to my mom to throw down money from the window…kids in the street playing stick ball, sitting on the steps playing cards or coloring in coloring books…no computers, no internet, no cell phones, not much TV…it was a simplier life, I think. 🙂


  7. Congrats on the contest, super poem. Love that family photo, it’s what life is all about. And great selection of ice cream!


  8. We used to have an ice cream van which did the rounds of the villages in the summer… what great memories I have of Mr Whippy!

    Congratulations on the contest. I love your poem and that photo is priceless. These are the moments we treasure indeed!


    • It’s really crucial to have good memories…many people don’t and their adult lives are negatively impacted by that. Glad I triggered some pleasant ones. 🙂
      Thanks for the kind words…the contest was fun…and the skydive with my son was an unforgetable adventure.


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    • Teehee 🙂
      Yes, except for the 34 year difference, there is definitely a resemblence. 🙂
      Thank you, Eliz…as a young woman, I never thought I was attractive…so to be compared to my daughter, who I think is so beautiful (even if she weren’t my daughter, I would think that), is quite a compliment. 🙂
      And you just can’t go wrong with ice-cream!


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