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A Piece of My Mind
April 20, 2011

The Ice Cream Man

JAMA. 2011;305(15):1518. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.371

Life would pause when the ice cream man came to the neighborhood. The faint tinkling sounds of Scott Joplin's “The Entertainer,” emanating from the colorful ice cream van, magnetically pulled children from their daily activities onto the street for ice cream. Televisions were immediately turned off; forks fell onto plates at dinner tables that were instantly evacuated; even video games were abandoned. Children of the neighborhood stood at attention at the end of their driveways in the summertime heat, watching the gradually approaching ice cream van, rolling along at an always unbearably slow pace. When the ice cream man handed out an orange push pop or a chocolate ice cream sandwich, the reality of life waited for those few pleasurable moments to pass.