The family summer vacation can be stressful and exhausting for parents and children alike—not to mention expensive. Traffic, beach parking, days-in-the sun, swimming, tired kids, long waits for a table at restaurants, Inflatable Park, and then there is the ice cream. What fun to take everyone out to Kate’s in Brewster and then enjoy the tractor ride to Paine’s Creek Beach to watch the sunset. Or ice cream at Cobbie’s and then a nice evening stroll through Nickerson State Park like you read about in the kid’s guide to Cape Cod.
But there is a little known alternative on Friday, August 23rd that might be perfect for you and your family as your vacation winds down. Here are five reasons why you might want to consider bringing the family to an old-fashioned ice cream social.
Cost: The average cost for a sundae $7.00. For a family of four that is $30-$35 for desert. There is another alternative, you can have all you can eat hot fudge sundaes for just $5 for parents, $3 for teens, and children under 12 are free. Yup, you can take a peaceful drive down beautiful Stoney Brooke Road, easily park at Our Lady of the Cape, and eat your ice cream while being entertained by Haitian steel drummers!
Raising generous kids: The vacation is almost over, parents have been giving to create lovely memories, but many kids get focused on what’s going to be received-- what fishing/swimming/kayaking experiences they can accumulate or souvenirs they can buy. At the end of a fabulous vacation on Cape Cod why not attend an ice cream social to benefit Haitian kids, it can help your children become a little less self-absorbed and a little more generous toward others.
Learn about another country: Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Almost 60% of the country’s 10 million people live in poverty, and almost a quarter of them live in extreme poverty. Did you know that about 2,000-3,000 Haitian people live and work on Cape Cod--some Haitians might have served you at your resort? Along with listening to some lively music, there will be Haitian art and a short PowerPoint showing how we can help children in Haiti.
Be a good model: Altruistic parents tend to have altruistic kids. So bringing your kids to enjoy ice cream sundaes and be helpers to school kids in Haiti is a fun and easy way to be big-hearted--your kids will copy you.
Teaching Tolerance: When kids hear about “poor people” without being given additional context, they can develop stereotypes and prejudices. This is a great opportunity to discuss causes of wealth differences, the circumstances and situations in Haiti, and explain that these circumstances can change.
So cool your palate and warm your heart on Friday, August 23rd ,7-8:30 pm, at Our Lady of the Cape parish center, 468 Stony Brook Road, Brewster. Ending the family vacation practicing gratitude and eating ice cream sundaes--How fun is that!
The social will benefit the needs of the students of our sister parish, St. Claire’s in Dessalines, Haiti.