Ice Cream, Books, and Perspective

We live in a world that doesnt facilitate family time. The system, most of the universe seems to comply with, serves industrial and econmic gods that place a premium on work, work and some more work. So when a summer breeze beckons and an ice cream parlor’s various goodies call out a family’s name it is, indeed, a rare pleasure that is enjoyed by all ages.

Such evenings are made all the more glorious by an impromptu family trip to a bookstore that happens to be on the way back home. Because not only does the bookstore provide the adults with the, much needed, pleasure of purchasing the latest literary sojourn but it also allows them to pass on a most necessary gift to the children: the habit of reading regularly. When reading becomes a habit for the future generations that is when we can safely say we have afforded them the opportunity to gain perspective on a system that has far too much work and far too little leaisure.

So the next summer’s night you encounter try to make sure it includes, in some way, some chocolate ice cream and a book.

You can thank me later.


About Amr Khalifa

An analyst, a political comentator on the uber complex Egyptian and MENA scene. I may not have every answer but I know the questions to ask. When not publishing in Ahram Online, Mada Masr, Daily News Egypt and Muftah I love the dynamic of the short story. If you adore the written word you have come to the right place. Pull up a chair and join me for a cup of literary tea.
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2 Responses to Ice Cream, Books, and Perspective

  1. theveganmuffinwoman says:

    Amen. I don’t get enough ice cream and books and family. The summer nights beckon but it’s all catch up on maintenance I missed during the work day and not enough leisure. Thanks for sharing. We have to treasure those moments we get to ourselves and our loved ones.


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