There are certain foods which trigger memories. Soft serve ice cream is one of those things. Recently we stopped at an old dairy bar in Elizabeth City. As I was sitting there trying to keep up with my rapidly melting ice cream in the relentless North Carolina summer, childhood memories were triggered.

As a kid, my Dad and I would often spend Friday evenings together while Mom had a night off with her girlfriends. Dad and I would usually head out for pizza then over the local Dairy Queen for soft serve. It was always a hard choice: chocolate jimmies or chocolate dip. The flavor was always vanilla. We’d just sit there trying to keep up with our ice creams in the hot summer’s night. I don’t remember if we talked about anything. I’m sure we did.

A nice way to spend a summer’s evening. And a nice memory.

What food’s trigger summer childhood memories for you?

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