Today’s prompt (see below) was the kind I was dreading when I signed up for this project. By nature, I am not the most reflective person out there (so why sign up for this? Good question. I’m still wondering myself), and I hate trying to pick “one” of something. Why only one moment? Why can’t I have more? It just doesn’t seem enough. So I spent the day running the question over and over in my head: what moment would I choose? And then it hit me — the sundae, of course? How could I have doubted?
The sundae in question is the Eagle Harbor Perfection (French vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and wild cherry sauce), found at Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor in Ephraim, WI. Ephraim is a drop-dead gorgeous small town in Door County, WI, which is where I spent my vacation in 2010. What I remember most vividly about that moment is not just the coldness and creaminess of the ice cream, the mixture of sweet and tart in the fudge and cherry sauces, the breeze coming off of Green Bay, or the picture perfect sunset happening over the bay — rather, what remains most vivid for me when I think about that sundae is how utterly content the simple act of eating ice cream made me. In many ways, that evening at Wilson’s was a culmination. It came near the end of the week during which I had asked my husband every night if he wanted to go to Wilson’s for ice cream (this was the only time we went in and sat down), and the trip itself was something I had been wanting to do since picking up my first issue of “Best of the Midwest” in 2007. It was also the simplicity of it that sticks with me as a metaphor for that vacation. I have a very bad habit of overscheduling vacations, wanting to cram in every sight and museum around. I didn’t do that this time–we just did whatever we felt like each day, which mostly consisted of going to the beach, hiking, swimming, eating, watching the sun set, and reading novels. And it was glorious to just be in a beautiful place and relax. For once, I came back from vacation rested and recharged, instead of exhausted. So my sundae moment is about capturing a moment of pure happiness and relaxation. Not bad for a couple of scoops of vanilla, hot fudge, and cherry sauce.
Note: This is my third post for #reverb10, an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. Today’s prompt is: “Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).”