In elementary school, there was this afternoon treat for kids whose parents could afford it. Every afternoon, around 2:15, kids who brought an extra 35 cents could leave class and stand in single file line that led to a milk room that held a cooler full of ice cream treats.
There were ice cream sandwiches, red, white and blue rocket-shaped popsicles and even Nutty Buddies, the wrapped cones with the chocolate-nut hats.
Once you handed over your quarter and a dime, you got to pick the ice cream treat you wanted to enjoy in the classroom during social studies.
If you didn't bring an extra 35 cents, for whatever reason, you sat at your desk while your classmates left to pick out dazzling ice cream treats. Then you watched eat them when they got back.