From The Storyteller
Hello All: This really great idea came with some limitations. Maybe you can relate my story to one from your life. Enjoy, Doug
“A two-scoop sundae please” was one of my favorite saying as a kid growing up. The drug store on the corner where my dad’s office was had a soda fountain, and when I went there with my dad, he would let me order for myself. Spinning around on the red leather stool watching my master piece being built was a good as it gets. Magic happened when two scoops of vanilla ice cream, covered with thick chocolate syrup and real whip cream, was crowned with a bright red, super sweet maraschino cherry.
Two blocks from my house was my grade school. Across the street from the school was the school store, and behind the school store was the secret “Jungle”. It was an overgrown lot with a clearing at the center and the tall brush allowed the “guys” to hang out away from curious adult eyes.
It was a Saturday. I had just earned a dollar mowing a lawn, and inspiration struck. Next to the school store was the HI-LO grocery store, and they sold jars of maraschino cherries. I could walk to the store, buy a jar of those wonderful cherries, and since none of the other guys would be around, I could sneak into the “Jungle” and have all those great cherries to myself.
Actually, the plan worked exactly as I had thought it would, except for the throwing up part after I ate all those cherries. Which brings me to two lessons that came from this experience. First: Be aware that great ideas can, and often do, have unintended consequences. Second: Liking something in small amounts, does not always translate into “more is better”.
Note: The fact that something is not a good idea usually is discovered afterwards.
Moral: Experience is what you get, shortly after you needed it.