It also does not represent my children's perspective, nor my mother's; they think I am funny, but misguided.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Somewhat frazzled, on vacation with my children, I stopped in at McDonald's to satisfy the boys' ice cream cravings. I thought I understood my youngest's instructions, so I began our order:
Me: We would like an ice cream in a cup. (I was deliberately avoiding the word "cone" because we didn't want one of those. But we didn't want a Sundae, so it felt like I needed to preface ice cream with "an".)
Poor Guy at Counter (PGC): You want an ice cream cone in a cup?
Me: No. Just ice cream in a cup.
PGC: Oh. You mean a sundae?
Me: Yes, but with nothing on it.
PGC: (nods) Would you like nuts?
--This question catches me off guard, as I'm sort of astonished we haven't reached an understanding yet.
Me: No. No nuts. Just ice cream in a cup.
PGC: oh, okay. A sundae with no toppings. Got it.
Youngest Son (YS): Mooooooommmm! I said I wanted m&m's!!!!
Me: You mean you want a McFlurry?
Youngest Son: YES!!
PGC: (rolls eyes ever so slightly) oh. a McFlurry. Got it.
I stood there feeling a bit foolish, until the next guy walked up to the register and said, "I'd like an ice cream in a cup." And the server said, "You mean an ice cream cone in a cup?"
Well, at least it's not just me.