Thursday, April 21, 2016


For this year's challenge, my theme is The Fun in Writing. Each of my 26 posts for April is aimed at
illustrating fun parts of an author's day. A writer doesn't only write.
Creating a story or an essay requires research, revision, editing, and lots and lots of coffee and chocolate.

R is for Root Beer Floats and Sundaes 


My early childhood is best remembered as drives through the countryside on Sunday afternoons, with stops to visit relatives along the way. This was followed by a trip to the Custard Stand, on the east side of town, for root beer floats or ice cream sundaes. I’m talking real pop (that’s Wisconsin-speak for soda) and honest-to-goodness real dairy-fresh ice cream.
The visits often included a stop to see an aunt's three solid acres of gladiolas, which she planted in a wild array of colors. As I stared at those long-stemmed flowers, my young mind didn’t understand how she must have taken great pleasure in planting each gladiola bulb in spring, then watched the green leaves sprout and rejoiced with the eventual budding of the perfect petals. If that was the case, her joy would have matched my own juvenile excitement at the first taste of a root beer float or chocolate-topped sundae. 
Yes, Ithaca, New York . . . Two Rivers, Wisconsin is the birthplace of the original ice cream sundae! 
Which food or other non-guilty pleasure did you enjoy, sparingly, in your youth?
Link to site that shares the history of Root Beer:


  1. In my youth I enjoyed a gingerale (Vernor's) float. I don't know if you had Vernor's in Wisconsin, it was made in Detroit where I grew up and even now is the standard for me. We also called it pop. I also remember when I was even younger that my father used to take us to a drugstore across from the church and get my sister and me ice cream sundaes. Unfortunately that drugstore burned down during the Detroit riot in 1967.

    Finding Eliza

    Finding Eliza

  2. Kristin, your youth reflects some of mine easily. I don't recall Vernor's root beer; I do remember Nehi and Wisconsin's Baumeister root beer. Yesterday, I purchased a root beer float for the first time in ages and enjoyed every drop of soda and spoonful of real ice cream!

  3. I hadn't given coke floats a thought for years, but now I'm craving one!
    We rarely had chips in our house, so when I visited my grandmother, Cheetos were always a special treat.

    Molly @MyCozyBookNook
    My Cozy Book Nook
    Revising Life after 50


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