I wrote this back in November 2013. I had been sorely disappointed with a concert I had gone to with Mary. Too much glitz, not enough real.
To be honest, I had forgotten a lot of the details of that evening until I reread this post.
Spoiler alert: The bottom line is that expectation sometimes leads to disappointment, and disappointment sometimes leads to ice cream — so in the end, it’s all good, right?
From November 2013 —
The fact that Sonic was already closed on the way home was the icing on the cake of disappointments. Or, should I say – the ice cream. I was so sure that a one dollar vanilla cone from Sonic would ease my pain.
Then, when Wendy’s didn’t have a vanilla Frosty milkshake, I was, like, “What do you mean you don’t have it? I’m looking at it on the sign!”
The polite night-shift server at Wendy’s explained. “Nobody ever ordered those, so they took it off the menu.”
“Well, they need to take it off their drive-thru menu as well,” I grumbled to myself.
So I drove across a four lane highway to get to Burger King. Good thing it was 11:17 PM, and nobody else was on the road.
And at least they were open and had a Hershey’s Sundae Pie.
The things we do for our comfort foods.
It wasn’t the ice cream, though, that brought me back to reality. It was riding home in the car with my dear, sweet 13-year old daughter, and thinking how precious it was that I could spend an evening with her.
It was remembering our laughter as we waited in line in the cold and sang Smothers Brothers songs to each other.
It was reflecting on the fact that she didn’t seem disappointed with the evening. My own expectations had probably been too high.
I know people who try not to get excited over upcoming events. “That way I won’t be disappointed,” they say.
Would I trade all the anticipation, all the eagerness, the thrill of imagining what was to come for a blasé attitude?
No, I think I’d rather ride the roller coaster.
And then treat myself to ice cream.