Conflicting Childhood Memory

I was about 6 years old when I had my tonsils removed. 

Mom picked me up from the hospital and the first place she took me was an ice cream shop.  She said I could have anything in the store and I could eat as much ice cream as I wanted. 

I had so many conflicting feelings at that moment and it was hard for my little brain to contemplate them all.

A part of me was elated.  This was like a dream come true.  However, a part of me was dejected.  My throat was so sore, I didn’t feel like eating anything. 

I finally decided to get an ice cream sandwich, which I ate with great difficulty and little sadness.

This is one of those childhood memories that will forever be burned into my mind.

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