Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Mamang Sorbetero and the Ice Cream Truck
One afternoon (last week of school before summer vacation) while G and N were doing their homework, a familiar music played from somewhere. The tune of the "It's A Small World After All" keeps on playing, and it gets louder, and louder, and louder. G and N's neck stretched, like an ostrich, and looked out the window, then the three of us said in chorus "the ice cream truck!"
We were all excited ... and jumping up and down, running back and forth. Then I remembered I don't have any cash - yikes! Good thing N has cash. i told her I'd borrow it for them to be able to buy ice cream from the ice cream man and then I'd pay it later. Deal!
The kids came running down the cul-de-sac. The ice cream truck stopped and they happily chose their ice cream. G chatted with Mr. Ice Cream Man for a little bit and then off he goes.
That particular moment brought a lot of warm memories in me. As a kid, we used to get excited when we hear the bell of the ice cream man we called "mamang sorbetero". It was so much fun. I was so excited to see the same excitement my kids had when we all heard the "it's a small world after all, ice cream truck call" :)
I googled for a photo of a mamang Sorbetero, and sure enough I found one HERE. I am posting it here for you to have an idea of my childhood memories of the "ice cream man":
And then I googled to see if I'd find a video of the sentimental song every child and adult in the Philippines knows - the "theme song" of this post title "Mamang Sorbereto". Goodness, gracious, I found one. (Relly (my brother) and Gem, watch the video - there's something special there for Relly ;)
Here it is:
This post is my participating post for "Fro Me To You" at We Are That Family.