Derry, New Hampshire, Heard a Sound Last Night That Brings Back Memories
Do Your Ears Hang Low?
I can't speak for what it was like in the years prior, but growing up an 80s/90s kid was amazing. Get home from school, crush some quick homework, head outside and safely play around the neighborhood until the street lights went on -- lather, rinse, repeat day in and day out. And nothing interrupted that schedule except for one thing:
Whatever song randomly started blaring from the ice cream truck.
The legit instant the first few notes hit from a distance, everything stopped. Games, activities, time itself -- it all stopped while anyone within earshot first tried to identify the direction the music was coming from, then started a mad dash back home to beg their parents for a dollar or two while frantically screaming out, "ICE CREAM MAN! ICE CREAM MAN!"
Are ice cream trucks still a thing?
The short answer -- yes. But if you asked me that before last night, I would've assumed no. See, I lost a few years -- almost like the show Manifest, but without the plane flight. I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2018 to 2020, and came back home to New England right at the start of the pandemic. Which basically means four years without even hearing the terms "ice cream truck" or "ice cream man," let alone hearing the music that accompanies the two.
Which is why I was shocked last night while walking my dog, Remy, through a neighborhood in Derry, New Hampshire, I heard a sound I hadn't heard in years and didn't even realize still existed -- the tune of "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" that could only be played from an ice cream truck. I'm pretty sure Remy and I both stopped and tilted our heads at the same time in a real "What the hell?" fashion.
In a world that's been upside down in so many ways the last couple of years and anything but normal, it was a solid dose of summer normalcy that New England has been craving almost as much as Choco Taco and Strawberry Shortcake bars off the ice cream truck.