The First Ice Cream Sandwich / El Primer Sándwich de Helado

I HAD THE privilege of taking care of my pal Luke for a couple of hours on Saturday. We walked to Bioparc Fuengirola (the zoo). I’m honored to be trusted with Luke’s care and we had a truly wonderful day. I probably shouldn’t have let him eat that entire ice cream sandwich, but it was his first and he really liked it. Can you remember your first ice cream sandwich? I didn’t like it because it made my fingers dirty. It took me years to get over that (well, I STILL haven’t actually gotten over that). Luke managed to eat the entire thing, by himself, without messing up his hands and face. I’m telling you, the kid is gifted. Even the gorilla got his snack all over himself.


TUVE EL PRIVILEGIO de cuidar a mi amigo Luke por unas pocas horas el sábado. Caminamos hasta Bioparc Fuengirola (el zoológico). Me siento honrado de que se me haya confiado el cuidado de Luke y tuvimos un día verdaderamente maravilloso. Probablemente no debería haberle dejado comer todo ese sándwich de helado, pero fue el primero y realmente le gustó. ¿Te acuerdas de tu primer sandwich de helado? No me gustó porque ensuciaba mis dedos. Me tomó años superar eso (bueno, TODAVÍA no lo he superado). Luke logró comerse todo, solo, sin arruinar sus manos y su cara. Te lo digo, el niño está dotado. Incluso el gorila tiene su merienda sobre sí mismo.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “The First Ice Cream Sandwich / El Primer Sándwich de Helado”

  1. Yikes, sorry to hear about your Sciatica bothering you so! Quite an interesting parade to distract you… nothing but cool parades down there! (And what a cutie that Luke is, with that ice cream sandwich…oh yum!)

    1. Judy,
      Last night was the first night in more than a week that I didn’t wake up with pain. I’m sure it’s because you wrote. Thanks, sweetheart!

  2. Looks like a delightful outing. I don’t like cupcakes, for a similar reason, there is no dignified way to eat them.

    1. David,
      There’s a US company that makes bite-sized gourmet cupcakes. Very smart.

  3. I STILL buy ice cream sammiches in my “old age”. and why the hell not! luke is such a cute little boy. and the gorilla looks like he/she’s doing bar lifts with that snack.

    1. Anne Marie,
      That’s what I thought about that gorilla pose. Luke makes my days better.

  4. I love messy sweets and ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorites! Who cares if your fingers get messy, that’s what tongues are for and an extra ant or two makes it spicy 🙂

      1. Ha! Okay, the mind voice I have for you just changed from a nice baritone into a squealing countertenor! Some foods just taste better using your fingers. You don’t have to have the ants, though. Pizza should always be eaten with fingers (chicken fingers, lady fingers etc). Ribs are best when the sauce is dripping down one’s arms 🙂 Balder Half is the first person to ever take me to a restaurant. Actually, it was pre-Balder Half and a date to Denny’s. He tried to get me to eat a grilled cheese sandwich using a fork! Of all the nerve! I didn’t do it, and he married me anyway. It has never, ever occurred to me not to lick my fingers. I probably grew an immunity to germs over the years. It is fun squicking you out. I hope I’m still welcome here, gross eating habits and all. Do I sound too needy? 😉 Oh, by the way, that little man is one of the most adorable looking kids I’ve ever seen.

      2. Deedles:
        I’m probably more a tenor… normally. Besides my “Ews” go down in tone. Oddly, I DO eat pizza with my fingers, but I grew up in New York and you definitely don’t belong if you use utensils. Sauce dripping down arms. Complete blech! You should see Jerry eat sweet corn. Butter running down his chin and arms. I can’t even look. Luke is an incredible little person. Funny, sweet, silly, smart. So much fun. It amazes me that a 3-year-old can already demonstrate that he’s a good, kind, and decent human being. Pedro and Kathleen do an incredible job with him… and they’re also very lucky.

      3. An ew is not an ew unless it is high pitched! I have spoken. Jerry and buttered sweet corn? Ooooh, I think I just had a foodgasm! You could have such fun licking him off 😉 I may be channeling my inner Maddie right now.

  5. I like the one Luke has, soft chocolate cookie with vanilla ice cream.
    I posted a reply to comment yesterday and came up anonymous, that was me I am not a spammer.
    Maybe I am hahahahahahaha

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Parsnip,
      Since you always sign off with a cheers Parsnip, I knew it was you. I like those huge gourmet ice cream sandwiches. In a huge bowl with utensils.

  6. My first ice cream sandwich? I vaguely remember thinking it was like a oversized frozen Oreo. Getting the hand dirty part probably bothers mo more as an adult than as a kid.

    1. Kirk,
      I’m slightly better about these things now than I used to be. I’m also not ashamed to use utensils!

  7. What a blessing, I know you really enjoy time with Luke. My kids tell me their kids are spoiled because you can’t spank G’ma. I ‘sugar’ them up and then send them home!

    1. Susan,
      Luke is an amazingly good, cooperative, kind, and sweet person. And so much fun.

  8. My first ice-cream sandwich eh…… probably around 7 or 8 years old. LOVED THEM!
    Uncle Mitch and Luke had a great time by the looks/sounds of it!!

  9. Luke is a professional like me. Keep it in the wrapper and no mess. Of course when Im home I place it in a bowl and eat it with a fork. One of my favorite treats.

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      I have done the same as you. I taught Luke and he got it immediately.

  10. They used to be my favorite; I would get one every day for small chocolate cone in my JHS days. I don’t think I’ve had one since then. I wonder if they taste the same.

    1. Urspo,
      Haven’t had one for years. I love the taste/texture combination… and a knife, fork, and spoon!

  11. Too funny you did not like the ice cream because it made your fingers dirty, LOL!!!! OMG what does that say, well Luke looks like an expert eating the ice cream sandwich, you sure it was his first.

    1. Larrymuffin,
      I don’t like ribs or fried chicken at a bbq either, for the same reason. I’m a knife and fork kind of guy. I taught Luke how to push up the ice cream in its wrapper and he didn’t need a second lesson.

  12. I still buy ice cream sandwiches for my husband occasionally. Luke is so cute. I’m glad you had a fun time at the zoo with him! Uncle Mitchell must be a lot of fun for the little guy. 🙂

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