A free ice cream truck in Portland, Maine made me feel like a kid


“It’s FREE” and “it’s ICE CREAM”. Alright… You have my attention.

Walking through Monument Square today on a full stomach, I passed an ice cream truck without even turning my head. When I was little, I was convinced that I had two stomachs, one for food and one for dessert, but this is no longer the case at 25 years old.

But, as soon as I heard the word “FREE”, I was sold.

Great Diamond Partners was displayed in the plaza with Dottie’s Ice Cream van launching the classics: Spongebob Pops, Sonic the Hedgehog and Spiderman Popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, imitation Dippin’ Dots, and more.

Once I saw the picture menu, a wave of nostalgia went through me and I felt like I was 10 years old again with my mom ordering a Spongebob pop with gumball eyes. I’m sure we can all hear the song playing in our heads right now, whether it sounds boring or nostalgic.

It’s the little things in life

It really is! It’s a small gesture to hand out free treats, but it can change someone’s day. A dessert can be part of your daily routine, but for some people such treats aren’t an option and for those who have to pinch a penny, a sweet treat just doesn’t do the trick.

I would love to see more things like this in our city; We have a wealthy group of people who can afford to give others even just something like ice cream, and that always brings people together. I had some nice random conversations with strangers just because there was a free ice cream truck that got us all migrating to an area together and chatting about the simple joys in life.

What is the small gesture that you experienced recently that had a lasting effect?

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