Even before the snow has completely melted, the ice cream vendors have parked their carts directly outside my children's schools, exactly at 3:00 p.m.
My daughter's first words after a long day in first grade is, "ICE CREAM," as the vendor rings his bell in unison with my daughters screams.
"No." I say again for the 10th day in a row.
"PLEASE!" she screams, not even pausing to stop jumping up and down.
Ugh. Why does this even need to be a discussion? My children get plenty of ice cream on special occasions and warm summer days, but I do not think ice cream is necessary after school every single day.
I don't just see them at the schools. More appropriately, vendors are at the parks, beach and pretty much any city sidewalk where they can park their carts. I know they are simply doing their jobs and trying to make money, but I know my children can greatly benefit from protein and fruits after school, instead of sugar right before I take them home for homework.
Do they have to park directly outside the exit where I barely have a chance to avoid them? I can choose not to go to the park, or use a different entrance/exit, but I don't have this option at school.
It definitely doesn't make it any easier when I hear, "Everyone else is allowed ice cream after school."
Maybe I am a mean mom after all.
Does it bother you to see ice cream vendors all over the city or do you enjoy seeing them?
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