Saturday, March 12, 2011

Giving Whirled Peace

Fallout from the political situation in Wisconsin is wide ranging. Civic discourse is markedly less civil. The greenhouse and garden center near Milwaukee, where my sister works is probably a typical example. She tells tales of heated verbal arguments and subsequent tears between coworkers that would have been unthinkable a month ago.

Out running errands the other day, the clerk at the gas station convenience store voiced a wish that people could just get along again. At her next stop, my sister noted that the pharmacy was running a special on Ben and Jerry's Whirled Peace, $1.19 for a pint. She bought 6 containers.

To give away the first two ice cream cartons, she returned to the convenience and gave a carton to the store clerk and one to her coworker. The third carton went to an acquaintance entering the convenience store, a friend whose mother is a teacher.

Cartons four, five and six ended up where her son was working that day. When she needed one more ice cream, she ponied up her last ice cream carton, a Haagen Dazs Swiss Almond, figuring this remained thematically correct because the Swiss were neutral in both world wars.

My sister Lisa came home without any ice cream, but felt good at spreading a little Whirled Peace for the inexpensive cost of $7.14.

While issues still stand and tensions remain high in Wisconsin, it is good to see some unconventional efforts at bringing healing and good vibes (and ice cream) to friends and neighbors. That sister of mine sure knows how to think outside the box.


1 comment:

  1. Mwahahaa to your sister and to you Carina for sharing this.