Perfect Ice Cubes Everytime


This card has made me laugh with each viewing for years since I found it in a little gallery along the UT strip in Knoxville, TN—dare I add—30+ years ago.

It embodies my favorite attributes—quirkiness being way high up on the list.

It would be interesting to know how many men ever purchased this card or even got a grin out of it. Not many, I suspect, because this is in a sense, a card only a woman would love—a recognition purely female. Yet the cartoonist is male!  J. C. Duffy is better known for recent creations such as Bad Pickup Lines And Other Dating Atrocities From The Fusco Brothers.

So go figure how he would early in his career tap into these two phrases that capture both the spiritual and the mundanity of daily life. Because after the initial smirk and nod reaction, there was always that resonating deep truth inside that remembered that yes, on any good day, I am overwhelmed by life’s beauty and magic. In a thousand ways, if I stay in touch with that inner channel which is tuned to the heart connection.

A place that activates while driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic to enjoy the bright, unruly wildflowers blooming along the roadside. A moment when, while loading the cart with those ever-more-expensive groceries, we lose ourselves in the face of the peacefully napping infant wheeled by her mother. Perhaps even give thanks, as I find myself doing, for the perfect ice cubes which tumble freely, abundantly and filtered from my awesomely modern refrigerator.

This, as I understand it, is a place called grace. It is a place that reaffirms that there is an invisible cord connecting me to everyone and everything. The catch being that to most human eyes, it is invisible, kind of like the gossamer spider web that stretches across our path in the woods. We may walk right into it before we recognize it or we may be alerted a few feet ahead by shimmering dewdrops of its presence. Or we may pass by, engrossed in thoughts or worries that prevent us from even noticing the magic.

It is a moment-to-moment choice that we each, in our fragile humanity, can embrace.

Illustrated Greeting Card by J. C. Duffy circa 1978

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2 comments on “Perfect Ice Cubes Everytime”

  1. My friend, Joan Kelly gave me this card. It would have had to have been 30 some odd years ago. I cracked up then, and it has obviously stayed with me, because u was thinking about it tonight, as I have on many other days, and wondered where my friend, JK is today, and hopefully, she hasn’t lost her sense of humor. There are times when I think I have, or I think, the world has just gotten so damn serious. I was in advertising for 25 years. You’ve either got to have a sense of humor to endure such nonsense and PAIN. Fortunately, many years ago I met my kindred spirit at the first advertising agency I worked for. Judy and I would go into hysterics at the drop of a hat. And we would constantly bounce off each othwr’s humor. What was cool is that she and I grew up in St. Louis not more than three blocks away from each other and our paths never crossed. Yes, a few years did detente in age, but still. She’s in CA, and I’m on GA. I still laugh when I think about the shenanigans we got ourselves into. I was also thinking about something I heard many years ago, which, fortunately I haven’t forgotten. “You don’t stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing.” Hopefully, I’m entering into another infancy of my life. And, thank you so much for posting that cartoon. I Googled, and it came up right away. What are the chances of that happening? I hope you don’t mind if I print it out and staple it to my refrigerator.

    • It has only taken four years for me to see this comment! This I would say is a story in itself! Today it is appropriate for me to borrow your comment, “You don’t stop playing because you get old. You get old because you stop playing.” Sometimes when winter has plied you with nothing but 50 shades of gray for 50 days, one needs to put on the t-shirt that reminds you of this!

      Life has become continually more complex and I hadn’t posted in WP in forever. Today I broke that streak — applying for a new job and noticed need to update — so your post from foreverago was an added treat!


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