Ice Cream Meltdown

This week at the Carrot Ranch, Charli Mills challenged writers to In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the word meltdown. You can use it to describe an event or emotional reaction. You can create a new meaning or explore the word origin. You can Go where the prompt leads!

When I thought of children in relation to Charli’s meltdown prompt, my first thought was of ice cream melting. Why not go literal? Children can find joy in an ice cream, especially on a hot day. They can also have a meltdown if it misbehaves and melts too soon or falls from the cone to the ground, irretrievable.

This past eighteen months of social restrictions and lockdowns have provided many opportunities to develop patience and resilience. At the same time, they have caused a multitude of frustrations and meltdowns, especially if toilet roll supplies edged dangerously low. However, it is surprising how the majority pull through the inconveniences and, perhaps less surprising, how quickly a few have gone into meltdown.

Ice Cream Meltdown

“Stop blubbering while I answer this. Hello.”

“Good morning. Sounds like someone’s not happy.”

“The ice cream’s melted.”

“An ice cream meltdown. Kids will be kids.”

“Yeah. Our fifth lockdown this year. We’re homeschooling. Again. My FIFO hub’s trapped in woop-woop. I can’t visit mum in hospital cause she’s interstate even if hub did get home. And no power now for three days. Our freezer food’s spoiled, and he’s whinging about ice cream. When will the lines be fixed?”

“Sorry. You’ve got the wrong number.” I hung up. The boss can fire me. No way she’d buy raffle tickets.

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35 thoughts on “Ice Cream Meltdown

  1. reunameit

    I hate Word Press!,!! I just wrote you a comment, had trouble logging in and when I did it said it was a duplicate comment I had said already but I haven’t. Sorry…too frustrated to try again!

    Very clever.

    Off to bed 😴😴😴

    Sent from my iPad


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  2. Marsha

    This is laugh out loud funny, Norah! I am still laughing as I write. I’m linking this post to Story Chat this month. 🙂 I hope everyone will read it and get their laugh of the day! 🙂

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          1. Marsha

            You mean you haven’t? You came up with that line. I have another friend who handles those kinds of calls like the other person on the line – talking them to death. “Hold on, I’ve got to get my check book. I’ll just be a second.,,,” That kind of thing.


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  4. Charli Mills

    Great connection, Norah, to go to an ice cream meltdown and link it to a pandemic lockdown. However, what really stood out to me was the reluctance of the caller to inconvenience her day at the expense of his job. Seems to me, we have also had time to consider our priorities and values during the pandemic, as well.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I like your interpretation of the caller. You’re more forgiving than I was. It’s that perspective, I guess. I could think of lots of reasons for the hang up. They usually begin by asking how we are but don’t really care and don’t want to go until we commit to something.


  5. srbottch

    I enjoyed it and sensed the frustration of this year plus long strange environment. I always say that an incident makes for good story telling later but this Covid episode is turning into a bad act. Hope all is well.

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