The ice cream cone flavour of the week is dandelion
COFFEE WITH WARREN, with Warren Harbeck
“You’re an ice cream cone!” she said, looking me straight in the eye.
Now, I’ve been called many things before, but never an ice cream cone.
I was at a table in Guy’s Bakery sipping a cup of my usual Saturday morning dark roast when Karen Falk approached me with her accusation. Karen’s the owner/operator of Cochrane-based Safety in Motion Inc., a driver safety training company. But at that moment I wasn’t sure what she was driving at safely or otherwise.
“An . . . an ice cream cone?” I stammered.
“Yes,” she said. “Your column is like an ice cream cone. Everybody, young and old alike, enjoys ice cream cones. They’re always refreshing, and never threatening just like your columns!”
Wow! What a compliment, I thought. But the credit belongs at least as much to our coffee companions who contribute so much to the flavour of this column.
In fact, this week’s flavour is dandelion.
Last week’s column alluded to the “nasty crop of dandelions determined to take over my lawn.” Our readers were quick to respond.
From Westbank, B.C., Angus McNee e-mailed me his Ghost Lake Village memory of the late Don Cooke:
“I always recall Don saying that he really didn’t mind the dandelions,” Angus wrote. “He loved the cheerful sunshine yellow of their flowers, which brought colour to our otherwise monochromatic landscape.”
This love of dandelions was echoed by Cochrane coffee companion Ginette Mitchell, currently residing in Moscow:
“I want to talk to you about your dandelions,” she wrote. “Here in Moscow, they are considered a beautiful flower. I saw in the metro last week a teenager proudly wearing a crown of bright yellow dandelions. So, don't despair; in some parts of the world they are beautiful.”
Then there was this rather amusing e-mail from a former Bow Valley resident now living in Ontario:
SO, MY COFFEE companions, you are ice cream cones, too, and I enjoy the flavours you bring including dandelion. And thanks again, Karen, for the compliment.
© 2007 Warren Harbeck