My mother and her family summered on Fire Island in the thirties. So did Jimmy Durante and whenever he came into the general store he’d say,
“Who wants ice cream? Everybody line up!” And he’d buy ice cream cones for all the kids who happened to be in the store.
This story is still being told about him seventy years after it happened. What a legacy–for people to think of you and ice cream together.
Because after all, money can’t buy happiness but it can buy ice cream, which is just about the same thing.
If you don’t know Jimmy Durante, you’re in for a treat. You can hear him sing As Time Goes By on the sound track for Sleepless in Seattle, or just google him to see videos of him singing. He didn’t have what you’d call a lovely voice, but he’s a perfect example of making something wonderful out of what you’ve been given.