Ice Cream for Alexandra

August 6, 2013

Just Write.

Hello, Readers. My friend Erin Margolin and I have a favor to ask of you. It won’t take a lot of time, and it doesn’t involve hard labor or gobs of cash, so worry not. It won’t tax you much at all.


This week, Erin and I would be so pleased if you’d take a loved one out for ice cream.

How’s that for a request?

You see, our dear friend Alexandra lost her mother yesterday after a lengthy illness. There aren’t words for this kind of loss, and we’re not asking that you send them. We’re asking that  you grab a child or a parent or a spouse or a bestie and gobble ice cream with them on a summer day this week.

Alexandra’s mother loved nothing more than going out for ice cream, and Alexandra loved nothing more than taking her. I know she’d give a million dollars to be able to do it just one more time, but sometimes life doesn’t work that way.

So let’s do it for Alexandra. In honor of her mother and the bonding that comes from licking icy sweet cream from a cone. It’s the language of love.

If you’re of a mind, you can tweet about it or Instagram it or Facebook it with the hashtag #icecreamforAlexandra.  That way, she’ll know that her sisters in arms are thinking of her, and sending her the only solace we can.

We love you, Alexandra. We’re here.

Photo: Gelato for you, bb. Love and white light coming to you. #icecreamforAlexandra


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Katybeth August 6, 2013 at 5:38 am

Death sucks. We will toast Ice Cream Cones for Alexander’s Mom!


Alison August 6, 2013 at 7:02 am

We are an ice cream eating family. Absolutely. Amazing of you and Erin to do this for Alexandra. xo


Arnebya August 6, 2013 at 8:09 am

The level of cometogetherness has been positively amazing.


Bridget August 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

What a wonderful gesture of love and support. We’re in! Let her know that she and her family will be in our prayers!


Steve August 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Beautiful remembrance…


Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri August 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Oh, how I understand this. Ice cream all around tonight for the whole family.
Thanks, Erin and Dana.


Idiosyncratic Eye August 6, 2013 at 2:11 pm



Christie August 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Man, this is so sweet and awesome. Is this Alexandra from good day regular people?


TKW August 6, 2013 at 8:22 pm


Yep. That is our Alexandra. I am s0 happy to see your w0nderful self on board. Hugs off the hi-dive, awesomeness.


Herb of Grace August 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm

What a thoughtful idea… my kiddoes and I would love to join in! And my prayers are with your friend…


Caitlin August 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Aw. I will definitely take someone out for ice cream this weekend! xoxo


TKW August 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hi Caitlin! It was s0 great to meet you and sit next to you at crazy-ass BlogHer. Email me when you have time?


Lisa @ The Meaning of Me August 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

We are in. Can’t tweet her because I’m a lame non-social-media-user but please send her one for us???


Privilege of Parenting August 6, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Done! Brownies, Phish Food, whipped cream. Boys standing around with bowls and spoons and no need to say anything.


Jane August 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Such a simple request. And a beautiful reminder to savor the moments with the ones we love.

Consider it done.


Rob August 8, 2013 at 4:51 pm

My husband and I just went out for ice cream. We love to do that in the summer! I only wish I had read this post first. I would have taken pictures with thoughts of Alexandra and the loss of her mother in mind. What a sweet way to remember her…


Tiffany August 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Lovely idea.

P.s. Miss D is so grown up.


Alexandra August 10, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I am just coming to see this.

I know thank you is not enough, and I hope everyone here realizes what this movement, this stepping out of our routine… to say I love you to those we love, to enjoy the slow lick of an ice cream cone, and how we can feel that time with words and smiles, is really what going for ice cream is about.

THANK you to everyone. This means so much to me. I hope you know how touched I am, and grateful, for the love and support during this heart breaking time for me.

Enjoy your ice cream, take the time that it takes to lick an ice cream cone…. and just be together. Ice cream can’t be gobbled down quickly, and that’s where the magic of the action is, my mother and I would just sit, and in that slow sitting, the words and stories and smiles would come out.

THANK YOU so much, Dana and ERIN. Thank YOU so much. xo


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