Our ice maker is not quite as young as it used to be. As with all things, as they age they just don't work the same way they used to. It must drip water when no one is looking (it thinks that because the lights are off no one will see) and then it freezes into one big lump that sticks to the side of the bucket. Argh! My husband is great about defrosting the bucket without me asking him to do so. The problem is that it leaves us with no ice and no one wants to be without ice.
I went to the grocery store to get ice. Like most trips to the grocery store, I buy way more than I plan. I chatted with the check out lady. She is about my age and she is part Dutch. We have been sharing about the Dutch food we like to make the last few visits that we have had. After my groceries were bag off I went out of the store. As I was putting the bags in my old not so great white Toyota "Mom Van" I remembered that I forgot the ice that I had originally come to the store for. Back in I went.
This time I was able to just go to the self-help check out and the lady manning it rang me up. I told her I needed to put the bags of ice in bags because once a bag of ice fell open on me. I felt silly for bagging a bag of ice and felt compelled to explain myself! As I was bagging the ice she said something about the bags popping open when people threw the bags on the floor to break up the ice. I then had to share my story of how when I was a girl we would fill up rinsed out milk cartons with water and freeze them to make ice for making ice cream. I told her it was fun to slam those on the ground!
Earlier that evening I was at a restaurant with a friend having dessert and good conversation. She left the table to visit that little room with running water. I overheard someone at the table next to me say something like, "Well when she bakes cookies they are the no-bake kind." I found that funny and looked over to find that I caught one of the ladies eyes. I said to her that it just sounded funny. This was a table of about 7 people and they were friendly and the conversation just went from there and by the time my friend returned we were having a nice chat about things.
Breaking real ice is cracking them apart so they are usable. Breaking the ice with people is pretty much the same. You need to have a little story or smile and say something nice and if they are good people who are open they just might crack open and let you in.
Lesson: Be open and friendly if you want to make new friends. Sometimes the friendship maybe only for a few minutes, but it is such an enjoyable way to pass the time!