Today I learned the Smudgies ice cream shop, down the street from my house has closed. This is sad news not merely because it was the most delicious place for ice cream, but because of such rich and dear memories that have happened in that space this past year.
This place has been the backdrop of many adventures with just Josh and I, with family and friends visiting from out of town and even trips by myself for a little pick-me-up during the care-taking process (and pup cups for Arkie & Aspen.)
It truly has been a sweet spot on good days and really hard days. One of my favorite photos of Josh and his brother, Gabe, was taken here along with a fun one of Josh and our niece playing Connect4 (another great memory).
I am not sure if you can form a complete emotional attachment to a ice cream shop, but I think I might have with this one. This is another change in this shifting season that reminds me that life goes on and that change is inevitable. In this, I can’t help but see the contrast of God stability compared to worldly things.
“But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end.” - Psalm 102:27
(this whole chapter is pretty interesting really)
I am thankful for a God who doesn’t change and whose comfort and care lasts much longer than ice cream.
Still, Arkie, Aspen and I (and others) will miss going on Smudgies adventures among other things.
Hi! It's Jenn Brown, writing my story that is now slightly different as we enter a season of new grief. On September 30, 2019, my dear husband Josh passed away after battling brain cancer.