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.

12 comments:

We are THAT Family said...

Oh, you made my mouth water. Not a good thing since it's late! I love the picture and the song!

Occasionally, we hear the music and I'm always scrambling for cash too!

Tammy said...

I wish our Ice Cream truck wouldn't give me the heebie-jeebies. The song playing sounds like a creepy clown car and when I hear it coming, I scramble my kids in the house. Sorta like that scene in Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang (if you've ever seen that).

The driver even looks creepy. It's sad my kids can't enjoy that childhood fun, because I'm so paranoid. :-)

The Apron Queen said...

I wish we had an ice cream man. :(

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Kelsey said...

Oh my gosh I love the ice cream truck!

jennifer said...

y kiddos go NUTS when they hear the ice cream truck. Why does it taste so much better to them coming from a truck? I think I will get a musical truck that sells vegetables and see if they still go Nuts!

Jen

Kelly's Rants and Raves said...

I remember the ice cream truck!! Ours just had a bell.

KD-Pie said...

I remember how much of a treat it was to get something from the ice cream man! Great pictures!

Valarie said...

Oh the ice cream man!! He likes to taunt me and my children. We can hear him, but he never comes down our road, because its a dead end. So we just stand there and listen.....

Gotta GROW with it said...

the ice cream man is right up there with santa claus and the easter bunny huh? can't help but grin and love it when they arrive! cute post.

Heather said...

I grew up WAY out in the country, so we never had an ice cream man come around. But where we live now, they drive by almost every day. It's amazing how kids' ears perk up when they hear that sound!

Muthering Heights said...

What fun summer memories!

Well Behaved Krissy said...

Too cute! we are really missing the ice cream man this summer. However, with gas so high all of his profits would be lost.