I was sitting on our front porch swing enjoying the cooling temperature of twilight and watching my two 7-year-olds (and the rest of the neighborhood pack they run with) race their bikes round and round the cul-de-sac when the front door opened.
Out came my wife holding the best part of summer in Ohio—two scoops of Graeter’s ice cream. She handed me my bowl of Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and sat down with her favorite flavor—Toffee Chocolate Chip.
Now, if you’re not from Ohio—then you’ve probably never had ice cream made two gallons at a time using the traditional French Pot process. Something about this process is true magic. The ice cream is rich and creamy and, oh-so-delectable. When you add in the actual chunks and I mean CHUNKS of Peter’s ™ Chocolate, the result is literally to die for.
Case in point? The first clinking sound of my spoon hitting the bowl brought the pack of 7-year-olds in the street to a screeching halt. It was like the mythical Siren’s call—only instead of luring nearby sailors to shipwreck and ruin, the clink of the spoon lured a hungry pack of hooligans to my front porch.
So my wife got back up, went back inside, and returned with a little for everybody. It was the perfect summer moment—one that will undoubtedly be repeated several more times before we start using the words “back to school.”
When the PRB team sat down to think through our summer issues, this image of enjoying two scoops of perfection on the front porch kept coming to mind. I found myself thinking, “How can we give our readers two scoops of fun this summer?”
Obviously, sending everybody two scoops of Graeter’s was impractical. I mean, if we purchased enough for such an endeavor, we’d simply eat it before it ever got to you. So, that wasn’t going to work.
Then, it came to us. How about two scoops of PRB in the July issue?
Somebody yelled, “By golly, I think we’ve got it.” And, I agreed. So, here we are—two scoops of fun for you to enjoy on the front porch of your office (or maybe in a park pavilion).
I don’t know if it will be as satisfying as a bowl of Graeter’s, but I bet it comes close.
Let us know how we did.
Till next month…
Rodney J. Auth